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J.O. Prüfer


Assistant Professor

Tilburg School of Economics and Management
Department of Management

 

Expertise

  • Institutional Economics, in particular the study of economic governance and of collective enforcement institutions, which help to support cooperation/honest trade in the shadow of the law.
  • Organizational Economics, in particular the economics of non-firm organizations such as nonprofits, cooperatives, social networks, clubs, associations or foundations. Why do these organisations exist and (how) do they behave differently in competitive markets?
  • Industrial Organization, in particular questions dealing with competition policy and regulation and the dependence of those issues on the governance structure of competitors.
  • Law & Economics, in particular antitrust policy and 'order without law'.
  • Industry studies, in particular of network industries such as the Internet backbone, telecommunications, software production, search engines, and cloud computing.

Publications

Principal publications
  • Masten, S.E. and J. Prüfer (forthcoming), "On the Evolution of Collective Enforcement Institutions: Communities and Courts," Journal of Legal Studies. pdf Supplement to section 2.4. pdf
  • Prüfer, J. and U. Walz (2013), "Academic Faculty Governance and Recruitment Decisions", Public Choice, 155(3), 507-529. pdf
  • Argenton, C. and J. Prüfer (2012), "Search Engine Competition with Network Externalities", Journal of Competition Law & Economics, 8(1), 73-105. pdf
  • Binswanger, J. and J. Prüfer (2012), "Democracy, Populism, and (Un)bounded Rationality", European Journal of Political Economy, 28, 358-372. pdf
  • Prüfer, J. (2011), "Competition and Mergers among Nonprofits", Journal of Competition Law & Economics, 7(1), 69-92. pdf

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Media Coverage

Related to "Faithful Strategies: How Religion Shapes Nonprofit Management":

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Related to "Semi-Public Competitions":

Related to "An Auction Market for Journal Articles":

Related to "Dark Clouds over the Internet?":


Very Applied Research

... an essay I wrote for a student magazine applying standard competition theory and organizational economics to the case of university cafeterias.

... Fortunately, as of January 2011, Tilburg University introduced more competition in campus catering, leading to more variety and higher quality but stable prices.



Education

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EDUCATION:

2001-2005: Goethe University Frankfurt
Ph.D. Economics, Dissertation: "Essays on Organisational Design in Networks"
Committee: Uwe Walz (Chair), Matthias Blonski, Alfons Weichenrieder, Christian Laux

1995-2001: University of Tübingen
Diplom-Volkswirt (MSc. Economics equivalent)
Minor subject: Chinese Studies

1998-1999: National University of Singapore
Visiting student

Career

2012- Tilburg University, Department of Management
Assistant Professor (tenured)

2006- Tilburg Law and Economics Center (TILEC) and CentER for Economic Research
Senior Member / Research Fellow

2006-2012: Tilburg University, Department of Economics
Assistant Professor

2005-2006: Goethe University Frankfurt
Post-Doctoral Fellow

2003-2005: Goethe University Frankfurt
Research Assistant, Project: "Pricing and Revenue Models on the Internet", sponsored by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research

2002-2003: University of Applied Sciences (FH) Pforzheim, FH
Nürtingen, University of Cooperative Education (BA) Stuttgart

Lecturer

Non-Academic Experience:
2003-2004: network economy S.A., Brussels, Frankfurt
Consultant: Innovation, Telecommunications and Capital Markets

1999-2002: InterEdu e.K. - International Education Information Centre, Tübingen
Founder and CEO

1997-1999: Diverse internships in Singapore, PR China and Germany
(consulting, organisational development, market studies)

1994-1995: Civilian Service in a Nursing Home

 

Publications

Principal publications
  • Masten, S.E. and J. Prüfer (forthcoming), "On the Evolution of Collective Enforcement Institutions: Communities and Courts," Journal of Legal Studies. pdf Supplement to section 2.4. pdf
  • Prüfer, J. and U. Walz (2013), "Academic Faculty Governance and Recruitment Decisions", Public Choice, 155(3), 507-529. pdf
  • Argenton, C. and J. Prüfer (2012), "Search Engine Competition with Network Externalities", Journal of Competition Law & Economics, 8(1), 73-105. pdf
  • Binswanger, J. and J. Prüfer (2012), "Democracy, Populism, and (Un)bounded Rationality", European Journal of Political Economy, 28, 358-372. pdf
  • Prüfer, J. (2011), "Competition and Mergers among Nonprofits", Journal of Competition Law & Economics, 7(1), 69-92. pdf

Click here for the extended list of publications PDF

Projects

Further Published Papers:

  • "How to Govern the Cloud?" IEEE CloudCom 2013, DOI 10.1109/CloudCom.2013.100, 33-38. pdf
  • "An Auction Market for Journal Articles" (with David Zetland), Public Choice, 145, 2010, 379-403. pdf
  • "Interconnection and Competition among Asymmetric Networks in the Internet Backbone Market" (with Eric Jahn), Information Economics and Policy, 20 (3), 2008, 243-256. pdf
  • "Dark Clouds over the Internet?" (with Eric Jahn), Telecommunications Policy, 31, 2007, 144-154. pdf

Working Papers (see also at SSRN):

  • "Faithful Strategies: How Religion Shapes Nonprofit Management" (with Lapo Filistrucchi); CentER Discussion Paper, No. 2013-052 pdf. An earlier version was distributed under the title "Nonprofits are not alike: The Role of Catholic and Protestant Affiliation;" TILEC Discussion Paper, No. 2013-013.
  • "Business Associations and Private Ordering"; TILEC Discussion Paper, No. 2012-011; CentER Discussion Paper, No. 2012-094. pdf
  • "Innovation Contests". pdf. An earlier version was formerly distributed under the title "Semi-Public Competitions"; CentER Discussion Paper, No. 2009-33; TILEC Discussion Paper, No. 2008-023.
  • "Firms, Nonprofits, and Cooperatives: A Theory of Organizational Choice" (with Patrick Herbst), CentER Discussion Paper, No. 2007-07; TILEC Discussion Paper, No. 2007-003. pdf

Work in Progress

  • "Believing in Making a Difference" (with Xu YiLong)
  • "Consumers' Privacy Choices and Big Data" (with Sebastian Dengler)
  • "Business Associations, Welfare, and State Quality" (with Maria Larrain Aylwin)
  • "General and Specialized Courts: Objectivity vs. Expertise in Adjudication" (with Scott Masten)

  • "A Simple Model of Aspirations, Economic Performance and Social Mobility" (with Patricia Prüfer)

  • "Public Hospitals are More Effective but Private Hospitals are More Efficient" (with Lapo Filistrucchi)
  • "Trusting Privacy in the Cloud"
  • "Dynamic Search Engine Competition" (with Christoph Schottmüller)

Direct and indirect funding

Research supervision

PhD:

  • Vatsalya Srivastava (supervisor, 2014-)
  • Sebastian Dengler (supervisor, 2013-)
  • Xu YiLong (co-supervisor, 2013-)
  • María José Larraín Aylwin (supervisor, 2011-)
  • Miguel Carvalho (committee member, 2011)

 

Teaching

Current Teaching:

In the academic year 2013/14, I teach Economic Foundations of Strategy, Organization, and International Business in the Research Master in Business program, Organizational Economics in the Research Master in Economics program, and Industrial Organization in the BSc in Business Economics program. More information ...

"University Teaching Qualification" (BKO), awarded by Tilburg University, 2014

Teaching Awards:

  • "Excellent Teacher Award" for Microeconomics for International Business Administration, Faculty of Economics and Business Administration, Tilburg University, 2012.
  • "Excellent Teacher Award" for Game Theory and Industrial Organization, Faculty of Economics and Business Administration, Tilburg University, 2011.
  • "Best Bachelor Course Award 2008" for Economics for Business Studies, Faculty of Economics and Business Administration, Tilburg University.

Teaching Experience:

Undergraduate

  • Industrial Organization (Tilburg, 2013-14)
  • Microeconomics for International Business Administration (Tilburg, 2009-11)
  • Economics for Business Studies (Tilburg, 2007-09)
  • Microeconomic Theory (FH Pforzheim, BA Stuttgart, 2003)
  • Principles of Economics (FH Pforzheim, 2002-03)
  • Theory of Monetary Policy, (FH Nürtingen, 2002-03)
  • Macroeconomics (Tübingen, Teaching Assistant, 2002)

Graduate

  • Economic Foundations of Strategy, Organization, and International Business (Tilburg, 2012-13)
  • Organizational Economics (Tilburg, 2012-13)
  • Game Theory & Industrial Organization (Tilburg, 2006-11)
  • Organizational Choice (Frankfurt, 2006)
  • Organization and Competition in Networks (Frankfurt, 2006)
  • E-Commerce Economics (MBA, FH Pforzheim, 2002-2005)
  • Competition and Strategies in Network Industries (Frankfurt, Teaching Assistant, 2004)

Short courses

  • Institutions & Economic Governance (PhD): MIT, 2011; University of Michigan, 2011
  • Order Without Law (PhD): ESNIE European School on New Institutional Economics, 2012; Tilburg, 2010, 2011
  • Industrial Economics for Lawyers: Tilburg, 2007

Other activities

Academic Visits

  • MIT, March 2011
  • University of Michigan, June 2009 & March 2011

Conference Organization, Service to the Profession

Departmental and Faculty Service

  • Education Coordinator Microeconomics, CentER Graduate School, Tilburg University, 2011-
  • Member of the Job Market Committee (Department of Economics), 2008/09
  • Member of Advice Committee Reform Bachelor Programme in Economics, 2007
  • Member of the Job Market Committee (Department of Economics/TILEC), 2006/07
  • Assistant to the Dean of Education (Goethe University Frankfurt), 2004/05

Reviewing

  • Communications & Strategies
  • Economica
  • Information Economics and Policy
  • International Journal of Industrial Organization
  • Journal of Development Economics
  • Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization
  • Journal of Economics & Management Strategy
  • Journal of Institutional and Theoretical Economics
  • Journal of Law, Economics, & Organization
  • Journal of Public Economic Theory
  • Labour Economics
  • RAND Journal of Economics
  • Review of Economic Studies
  • Review of Network Economics
  • Telecommunications Policy
  • The B.E. Journal of Economic Analysis & Policy

 

 

Contact details
Room K 1129
PO Box 90153
5000 LE Tilburg 
Phone+31 13 466 3250
Secretary+31 13 466 2315
Fax +31 13 466 8354
Email j.prufer@tilburguniversity.edu

Assistant Professor
Tilburg School of Economics and Management
Department of Management

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Last amended: 06 June 2014

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