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B.R.R. (Bert) Willems


Associate Professor

Tilburg School of Economics and Management
Department of Economics

 

Expertise

I am studying the organization and regulation of energy markets. Several questions are addressed:

  • Which regulatory instruments are necessary to obtain a sustainable energy system? How can we organize the market such that we will use the optimal mix of renewable and conventional technologies
  • Do energy firms have market power? If abuse of market power is a problem, which steps can the government take to reduce market power? Are standard competition policy rules sufficient or should we rely on sector-specific regulation?
  • Will a healthy and competitive energy sector deliver a secure energy supply system? What is the role of the government?

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Publications

Most recent publications

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Education

Jun 2000 - Jan 2004 PhD in Economics 'Electricity networks and Generation Market power'
Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (BE)
Jan 2001 - Jul 2001 Doctoral courses: Contract Theory and Industrial Organization
IDEI, Université Toulouse I (FR)
Sep 1999 - Jun 2000 Master of Science in Economics
Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (BE)
Sep 1998 - Jun 1999 Complementary Studies in Economics
Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (BE)
Sep 1995 - Jun 1998 Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering: Option Energy
Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (BE)
Technische Universität Braunschweig (De)
Sep 1993 - Jun 1995 Bachelor of Science in Engineering
Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (BE)

Career

Sep 2008 - Aug 2010 Marie Curie Intra-European Fellow
TILEC and CentER, Tilburg University (NL)

Sep 2006 - Aug 2008 Post-Doctoral Researcher
Tilburg Law and Economics Centre, Tilburg University (NL), 80%
Energy, Transport and Environment, Center for Economic Studies, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (BE), 20%

Jul 2006 - Aug 2006 Post-Doctoral Researcher
Lehrstuhl für Energiewirtschaft, Technische Universität Dresden (DE)

Jan 2006 - Jun 2006 Jean Monnet Fellow
Florence School of Regulation, European University Institute (IT)

Sep 2004 - Dec 2005 Senior Researcher
Energy, Transport and Environment, Center for Economic Studies, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (BE)

Jan 2004 - Aug 2004 Visiting Post-Doc
University of California Energy Institute, Berkeley, California (US)

Jan 2000 - Dec 2003 Research Assistant
Energy, Transport and Environment, Center for Economic Studies, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (BE)

Sep 1998 - Aug 1999 Research Assistant
Applied Mechanics and Energy Conversion, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (BE)

Publications

Most recent publications

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Projects

Cross-subsidies in the Electricity Sector, Essent N.V. (2007) IDO: Interdisciplinary Research Project on Energy and Environmental Policy, Engineering, Economics and Law, K.U.Leuven (2006-2008)

CLIMNEG II: Climate change policy, Belgian Science Policy (2004-2005)

Numerical simulation model of the Northwestern European electricity market, Belgian electricity regulator (2004-2005)

Market power in electricity markets, Fund for Scientific Research, Flanders (2000-2004)

External accreditation

Scholarships

Sep 2008 - Aug 2010 Marie Curie Fellowship, Intra-European Fellowship, Tilburg University, the Netherlands

Jan 2006 - Jun 2006 Jean Monnet Fellowship, European University Institute, Robert Schuman Centre, Italy

Jan 2004 - Aug 2004 Visiting Research Associate, University of California Energy Institute, Berkeley, USA

Jan 2000 - Jun 2000 Marie Curie Fellowship, Université Toulouse I, France

Sep 1996 - Jul 1997 Erasmus Scholarship, Technische Universität Braunschweig, Germany

Conferences

Conference participation and presentations
(Presentations are marked with a star)

2007
Infratrain Workshop on Stochastic Optimization, TU-Berlin, Berlin
Workshop on the Law and Economics of Competition Policy, Bonn, Discussant
Transatlantic Infraday, University of Maryland, Washington DC *
Breugel-IDEI Infrastructure Conference, Brussels, Discussant
EARIE conference, Valencia *
Infraday, TU-Berlin, Berlin*
Law and Economics Seminar, Tilburg*
IDEI Energy Conference, Toulouse, Discussant
ACLE-Conference, conference on Strategic Firm Authority Interaction, Den Haag *
Presentation, TILEC seminar on price discrimination in electricity markets, Tilburg *
ENERDAY Energy Conference, Dresden, Session Chair
YEES, Energy Workshop for PhD students, Dresden *
Presentation at Law seminar, Essent N.V., Den Bosch*
UNECOM, Ownership unbundling of energy companies, will it be worth it, Brussels
IAEE European Conference, Florence *
2006
First PhD-meeting for Economists, Royal Economic Society, London *
Conference on the role of Power Exchanges, Florence Conference on retail competition in electricity markets, Florence *
Research conference on Electricity Regulation and Restructuring, Berkeley *

International Industrial Organization Conference, Boston *

World Conference of the International Energy Economists Association, Potsdam *
Workshop on Energy Economics and Technology, Dresden *
Seminar, Italian Regulatory Authority for Electricity and Gas, Milan *

Seminar at FEEM, Milan *

Annual Conference on Electricity Regulation, Florence *

ESF Exploratory Workshop on 'Mathematical Models for Electricity Markets', Ciudad Real *
Seminar at Robert Schumann Centre for Advanced Studies, Florence * Seminar at Deutsches Institut für Wirtschaftsforschung, Berlin *
Seminar at Department of Economics, Florence *
Energy Colloquium, ETH Zurich *
2005
Harmonizing Effective Regulation, SESSA Meeting, Bergen
Investment for sustainability, SESSA Meeting, Madrid Invited Seminar, Dresden *
Climate Change Policy Conference, Leuven *

Electricity Modeling Conference, Leuven *

Conference on 'The Economics of Electricity Markets', Toulouse *

'
Electricity Research Camp', Berkeley *

European Conference of the International Energy Economists Association, Bergen *
Conference of the European Association for Research in Industrial Economics, Porto International Electricity Conference, Lodz *
Conference of the Allied Social Science Association, Philadelphia
Structure and Functioning of the Electricity Market in Belgium in a European perspective, Benelux Association of Energy Economists, Brussels
Corporate Finance Day, Leuven
Security of Supply in Power Markets, Tilburg
2004
Electricity Research Camp, Berkeley *

 

Teaching


B.R.R. (Bert) Willems teaches the following subjects:

Teaching activities elsewhere

EES-UETP course on the use of models in market monitoring (2006), Milan
Market Power in Electricity Markets (2006), Doctoral Course at YEES. T.U. Dresden
Reading Group: Market Power in Electricity Markets (2006), K.U.Leuven
Reading Group: Contract Theory (2006), K.U.Leuven
Energy Economics for Engineers (2004-2005), K.U.Leuven
Exercises on Thermodynamics (1998-1999), K.U.Leuven

Other activities

Referee

The Energy Journal, IEEE Transactions on Power Systems, Norwegian Research Council, The Economic Journal, Energy Policy

Other activities

  • Organizer of the Energy Economics Policy Seminars, jointly with the Ministry of Economic Affairs, the competition authorities (NMa) and the Netherlands Bureau for Economic Policy Analysis. (2008)
  • Organizer of the Tilburg Energy Round Table on consolidation in the Dutch Energy Market, Tilburg (2006)
  • Organizer of the Electricity Modeling Workshop, Leuven (2005)
  • Organizer of the Climate Change Policy Conference, Leuven (2005)
  • Organizer of the Spring Meeting for Young Economists, Leuven (2003)

Contact details
Room K 325
PO Box 90153
5000 LE Tilburg 
Phone+31 13 466 2588
Secretary+31 13 466 2416
Fax +31 13 466 3042
Email b.r.r.willems@tilburguniversity.edu

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Associate Professor
Tilburg School of Economics and Management
Department of Economics

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