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dr. J.O. Prüfer

Assistant Professor

Tilburg School of Economics and Management
Department of Management


  • 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.

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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Last amended: 15 August 2014