Tilburg Law and Economics Center (TILEC)
TILEC, a Center of Excellence at Tilburg University, supports and stimulates academic research on the governance of economic activity, aiming to be a global leader in this field. Gathering more than 40 legal scholars and economists at Tilburg University and with over 50 extramural fellows, TILEC fosters academically path breaking and practically relevant research.
TILEC's research topic is governance of economic activity in the digital age. In the research themes competition & regulation, innovation, and institutions, TILEC members study how interactions between users and firms, organizations and their members, public agencies and regulated entities, courts and litigants, as well as voters and political parties are governed. Where does market power come from, and should we do anything about it? Who should act? What should be done? Why should we do it? What about specific industries, such as markets for data, energy, telecoms, healthcare, or search engines? What about specific organizations, such as competition authorities, patent offices, or nonprofit organizations? When is it better to enact a new law to tackle a problem, and when are private-ordering institutions, including standard-setting organizations and trade associations, or completely decentralized social networks the optimal governance institution?
Over the years, TILEC has collaborated with academic organizations, public authorities (especially regulators and competition authorities), think tanks, companies, and social partners. TILEC's research and researchers have influenced decisions at the EU and US Supreme Courts, have affected laws at the EU and national levels, and have helped policy makers, regulators, and other public authorities in several jurisdictions to identify and implement better policies, for the benefit of citizens and society at large.
Such collaborations improved the societal relevance of TILEC's research output and expanded its reach. Based on Social Science Research Network (SSRN) statistics, TILEC currently ranks among the top 10 economics departments globally and among the top 10 international law schools. TILEC constantly cultivates new collaborations and partnerships with academic and corporate partners as well as public authorities interested in advancing academic knowledge and regulatory frontiers.
Selected Recent Publications
- Inge Graef (2023) Future-Proofing Plural Antitrust Enforcement Models: Lessons from the United States and the European Union, Antitrust Law Journal, vol. 85 no. 2, p. 339-373.
- Price Commitments in Standard Setting under Asymmetric Information (forthcoming, 2023) Jan Boone, Emanuele Tarantino, and Florian Schuett. Journal of Industrial Economics.
- Panos Delimatsis, Stephanie Bijlmakers and Konrad Borowicz (2023)
The Evolution of Transnational Rule-Makers Through Crises - Cambridge University Press.
- Janet Freilich, Michael Meurer, Mark Schankerman, and Florian Schuett (2023) A New Approach to Patent Reform. UC Irvine Law Review.
- Elias Carroni, Leonardo Madio, Shiva Shekhar (2023) Superstar Exclusivity in Two-Sided Markets. Management Science.
- Graef, I., Petročnik, T., & Tombal, T. (2023). Conceptualizing autonomy in an era of collective data processing: From theory to practice. Digital Society, 2(2), p. 1-24.
- Fiedler, Clemens, Larrain, Maria, and Jens Prüfer (2023) Membership, Governance, and Lobbying in Standard-Setting Organizations. Research Policy, 52 (6): 104761.
- Giorgio Monti (2022)
Rebates after the General Court’s 2022 Intel judgment - Common Market Law Review, 60(1), 107–140
- Mark Schankerman and Florian Schuett (2022)
Patent Screening, Innovation, and Welfare - Review of Economic Studies, 89(4), 2101–2148.
Symposium: Empowering accounting with AI26th November 2023
Artificial intelligence offers unprecedented opportunities for accountants. But what about data security and ethics, for example? At the Accounting Winter Symposium and Research Camp on December 7 and 8, researchers in accounting and professionals will gather at Tilburg University to explore the risks and opportunities of AI within their fields. We posed six questions to coordinators Eddy Cardinaels and Judith Künneke.
Annual report 202201st September 2023
Every year TILEC publishes an annual report which describes our organization, activities, research findings and other achievements in a specific year. The 2022 report has just been published.
Farewell to Eric van Damme: Ministerial policy is too political and lacks sufficient scientific basis16th August 2023
In a time-honored tradition, Eric van Damme, Professor of Economics, rounded off his academic career with a lecture that, in addition to family and friends, was attended by an unprecedented cortege of 50 professors. This speaks volumes about Van Damme’s academic network and the mark he has made as a researcher in a key area of microeconomics: game theory.