Bridging Law and Economics

Thursday 4 June and Friday 5 June 2009
TILEC, Tilburg University, The Netherlands

The Tilburg Law and Economics Center (TILEC) will organise a workshop on 
Competition Policy and Regulation in Media Markets at Tilburg University (The
Netherlands) on Thursday 4 June and Friday 5 June 2009.

Call for Papers 
The goal of the conference is to bring together academics working on media-
related issues and to foster interdisciplinary interaction between economists 
and lawyers. A growing number of lawyers and economists work on media-
related topics, but often independently from each other. We believe there is still
much to be gained by bringing the two groups together. Scholars of the two disci-
plines have different approaches and often move in different policy circles. 
However, economic reasoning and analysis are taking an increasingly important 
position within the application of law in the broad field of media, both in the area 
of sector-specific regulation and in competition law. Moreover, the electronic 
communications sector (telecom, broadcasting, Internet) is of utmost importance 
to the economic development and to social cohesion. 
Hence, it is essential that media scientists from the two disciplines share their 
expert knowledge in order to propose high quality regulation to policy makers.

The objective of the ‘Competition Policy and Regulation in Media Markets’ work-
shop is to have economic and legal contributions of the highest quality, but effort 
in presenting it to a mixed audience is expected. Economists are expected to
bring in reasons to regulate/not regulate/how to regulate according to economic 
theory, lawyers to bring in knowledge of the current regulation, of court decisions 
and of the legal feasibility of regulation proposals. Each presenter will be 
assigned a discussant. Theoretical, empirical and policy-oriented articles are 

A non-exclusive list of topics of interest is:
– The goal of public intervention: efficiency vs. pluralism
– The impact of convergence and digitalization 
– Network neutrality
– The New Audiovisual Media Services Directive in the EU
– The EU Regulatory Framework for Electronic Communications
– Market structure and political outcomes
– Media mergers and pluralism
– Media bias: measurement and determinants 
– Scope for public ownership and public intervention
– Financing of public service broadcasting
– Regulation of advertising and media content
– Media as two-sided markets
– Piracy, peer-to-peer, copyright 
– Exclusive contracts
– Vertical integration between distribution and content provision
– Price discrimination, dynamic pricing, versioning, and bundling
– Privacy, anonymity, security, digital rights management, trust

Invited speakers
Economics: Simon Anderson (University of Virginia), Joel Waldfogel (University of 
Law: Nico van Eijk (University of Amsterdam), Rachael Craufurd Smith (Edinburg 
Law School)

Scientific committee
Elena Argentesi (University of Bologna)
Eric van Damme (Tilburg University)
Nico van Eijk (University of Amsterdam)
Lapo Filistrucchi (Tilburg University)
Thomas Gibbons (University of Manchester)
Ilse van der Haar (Tilburg University)
Pierre Larouche (Tilburg University)
Massimo Motta (University of Bologna)


The deadline for submission is March 29, 2009. Articles should be submitted in 
PDF to Long abstract are accepted but full papers are 
preferred. In case you have any question(s), please contact the local organisation 
committee (see below).

Authors of selected papers will be notified by April 6, 2009. TILEC will cover the 
accommodation and travel expenses of conference participants who present 
or discuss an accepted paper. Presenters might be asked to discuss a paper.

Local organising committee/contacts persons

Lapo Filistrucchi (Tilburg University),
Ilse van der Haar (Tilburg University),


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