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Dirk Czarnitzki

Dirk Czarnitzki is Professor of Industrial Organization and Strategy at K.U.Leuven (Belgium). His research interests are mainly in the field of the economics of innovation with a focus on applied microeconometrics. The lines of research address topics such as the evaluation of public innovation policies, corporate governance and innovation, knowledge and technology transfer, as well as the economics of science. Dirk's work has been published in journals such as the Journal of Business and Economics Statistics, the Journal of Applied Econometrics, Management Science, the Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, Economics Letters, the Review of Industrial Organization, Research Policy, the Journal of Productivity Analysis, Economics of Transition, the Journal of Regional Science, the Journal of Technology Transfer, and several others.


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Justus Haucap

Justus Haucap is founding director of the Düsseldorf Institute for Competition Economics (DICE) and Partner at DICE Consult. He has been a member of the German Monopolies Commission, which advises the German Government on issues related to competition policy and market regulation from 2006 until 2014. From 2008 until 2012 he served as the commission’s chairman. Justus Haucap is also a member of scientific advisory councils of several institutions. Since 2013 he is the German representative on the Standing Committee on Research of the European Economic Association. He serves on the editorial boards of various scientific journals, amongst others Telecommunications Policy and the Review of Economics.
He has advised different public and private institutions on regulatory and competition policy issues, amongst others the German Federal Ministry of Finance, the German Federal Ministry of Economic Affairs and Energy, the Federal Network Agency, Deutsche Telekom AG, Deutsche Post AG, Vodafone, RWE AG and several law firms.
For the last four years, he has been voted to be one of Germany’s 30 most influential economists by the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (FAZ).

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Georg Licht

Georg Licht is Head of the Department of Industrial Economics and International Management at the ZEW – Leibniz Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW – Leibniz-Zentrum für Europäische Wirtschaftsforschung), in Mannheim, Germany. He holds this position since June 1994, before he was a senior researcher at ZEW and at the University of Augsburg (till 1985). Since 2001 has the power of attorney on behalf of the ZEW. He was visiting researcher at the Department of Economics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). He gained his doctoral degree at the University of Augsburg and holds a degree in economics from the University of Heidelberg. Research interests comprise the economics of innovation and technical change; labour economics; and High-Tech Start-ups.

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Reinhilde Veugelers

Reinhilde Veugelers is professor of Managerial Economics, Strategy and Innovation at the K.U.Leuven (Belgium). She was a visiting scholar at Northwestern University’s Kellogg Graduate School of Management, at Sloan School of Management (MIT), Stern Business School (NYU), ECARES/Université Libre de Bruxelles, Université de Paris I (Panthéon-Sorbonne), Universitat Pompeu Fabra & Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona, Universiteit Maastricht.
With her research concentrated in the fields of industrial organisation, international economics and strategy and innovation, she has authored numerous publications on multinationals, R&D cooperation and alliances, industry-science links and market integration in leading international journals. She obtained research grants from the Belgian Science Policy Office, the European Commission (DG Research and DG ECFIN) and the Flemish Government (VRWB-IWT). From 2004-2008, she was on academic leave, as advisor at the European Commission (BEPA). She is currently a Senior Fellow at Bruegel, a CEPR Research Fellow and a member of Commissioner Potocnik’s Knowledge for Growth expert group.

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Managing Director

Susanne Thorwarth is the Managing Director of DICE Consult – the consulting company of the Düsseldorf Institute for Competition Economics. Previously she was a senior economist at the Monopolies Commission  (Monopolkommission) in Bonn, Germany. She obtained her  PhD in Applied Economics from KU Leuven in Belgium with her thesis on the  productivity effects of research, development and design activities. Susanne  holds an advanced degree in economics from the University of Mannheim. Her  research focuses on various topics in the fields of innovation and  competition.

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