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Experimental economist John List keynote speaker at Tilburg University’s dies natalis

John List, Professor of Economics at the University of Chicago and the ‘high priest’ of economic field experimentation, is one of the keynote speakers at the celebration of Tilburg University’s 87th anniversary on Thursday November 20, 2014. The other keynote speaker is Daniel Levinthal, Professor of Corporate Management at the Wharton School in Pennsylvania and an expert in the field of organizational learning. Both will receive an honorary doctorate for their contributions to economics and business, respectively.

Press announcement 10-11-2014

During this year’s dies natalis, Tilburg University celebrates the academic excellence of its Tilburg School of Economics and Management, that originated in a research tradition which started 25 years ago with the research institute CentER. Dean Lex Meijdam will explain how CentER, as a pioneer in reforming research policy and PhD training, contributed to a climate of international top research at Tilburg University and the position of the Netherlands as a leading research country.

In his keynote ‘What can economics teach us about life?’, John List will talk about how economic field experimentation in, for instance, a preschool in South Chicago or a Maasai tribe in Tanzania, can help us understand why people do what they do in everyday life. 

In his keynote entitled ‘The Learning Organization’, Daniel Levinthal will explain how companies like Apple or Google adapt their organization to rapid technological change.

Note for editors

The 87th dies natalis will take place on Thursday, November 20, 2014, from 15.30 – 17.00 hours, in the Auditorium of Tilburg University, Warandelaan 2, Tilburg. Journalists are cordially invited. For more information and registration, please contact press officer Reggy van den Bosch, at +31 13 466 8923 or Please refer to the website for more information about the dies natalis and the keynote speakers. Prior to the dies natalis ceremony, the conference 'CentER: 25 years' will take place.