Jens Prüfer


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Jens Prüfer is Professor of Economics at the University of East Anglia’s School of Economics, Deputy Director of the Centre for Competition Policy, and Director of the Tilburg Law and Economics Center (TILEC). His research focuses on institutional and organizational questions, applying economic methodology to a broad set of disciplines, including law, management, political science, history, religious studies, and computer science. He studied Economics and Chinese studies in Tübingen (Germany) and Singapore and holds a PhD in Economics from Goethe University Frankfurt.

Key Research Interests

  • Institutional Economics, in particular the study of economic governance institutions, which help to support cooperation/honest trade with and without the law (public and private ordering).
  • Organizational Economics, in particular the economics of non-firm organizations such as nonprofits, cooperatives, social networks, clubs, associations or foundations. Why do these organizations exist and (how) do they behave differently in competitive markets?
  • Law & Economics, in particular antitrust policy and ‘order without law’.
  • Industrial Organization, in particular competition policy and regulation and the dependence of those issues on the governance structure of competitors.
  • Political Economics, in particular the role of the media for political outcomes.
  • Economics of Innovation, in particular the effects of datafication/big data on markets, polities, societies, and jurisdictions.


Associate Professor, Department of Economics, Tilburg University, 2018-2022

Assistant Professor (tenured), Department of Economics, Tilburg University, 2015-2018

Assistant Professor (tenured), Department of Management, Tilburg University, 2012-2014

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

Research Fellow, CentER for Economic Research, Tilburg University, 2006-22

Post-Doctoral Fellow, Goethe University Frankfurt, 2005-2006

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

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

Areas of Expertise

Institutional Economics, Organizational Economics, Law & Economics, Industrial Organization, Competition Policy, Regulation, Political Economics, Economics of Innovation and Datafication

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Philosophy, Goethe University Frankfurt

… → 2005

Diplom-Volkswirt (M.Sc. equivalent), University of Tübingen

… → 2001

External positions

DFG-Mercator Fellow, University of Passau


Senior Member, Tilburg Law and Economics Center (TILEC)

2006 → …

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