Sofia Amaral-Garcia is an Economic and Policy Analyst at the Joint Research Center of the European Commission. She is also a lecturer at Universite libre de Bruxelles (ULB), Research Fellow at KU Leuven (Department of Management, Strategy and Innovation), Senior Fellow at i3h (Institute for Interdisciplinary Innovation in Healthcare - ULB), and External affiliate HEDG (Health Econometrics and Data Group - University of York).
Sofia’s research focuses on health economics, law & economics, and innovation in health. Some of her recent works consider the role of the internet on healthcare and on vaccine hesitancy; how interactions between the pharmaceutical and medical device industries influence healthcare treatments; how legal reforms and regulations impact competition in the pharmaceutical market; the role of financing on innovation; and the impact of COVID-19 on high-growth firms. Her work has been published in the Review of Economics and Statistics, International Review of Law & Economics, Health Economics, Journal of Empirical Legal Studies, among others.
Stefano Baruffaldi is associate professor at the School of Management of the Polytechnic of Milan. Furthermore, he is also an affiliated research fellow at the Max Planck Institute for Innovation and Competition. In his research he studies how scientific and technological knowledge is produced, diffused and used to create economic value.
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.
Gaétan de Rassenfosse
Gaétan de Rassenfosse is Associate Professor of Science & Technology Policy at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Lausanne (EPFL). Prior to that, he was a research fellow then a senior research fellow at the University of Melbourne from 2010 to 2014. He obtained a PhD in Economics from the Université libre de Bruxelles in 2010. Gaétan’s research interests are in the area of the economics and management of innovation with a special focus on intellectual property policy and the measurement of intellectual capital. His work has appeared in journals such as Research Policy and Oxford Bulleting of Economics and Statistics.
Thorsten Doherr studied computer science at the University of Applied Sciences in Mannheim. Since 1995, he is working as a computer scientist at the ZEW – Leibniz Centre for European Economic Research, unit "Economics of Innovation and Industrial Dynamics". After decades of taming data to make it digestible for PhD students, it was time to switch sides and become one of them as an external PhD Student at the University of Luxembourg. This endeavor was rewarded in June 2018 with a PhD in Economics. His main research field is the disambiguation of inventor and researcher careers to utilize this information for economic research, like brain drain as an effect of high skilled labor mobility or reactions of researchers to policy changes
Justus Haucap is founding director of the Düsseldorf Institute for Competition Economics (DICE) and Partner of Düsseldorf Competition Economics. 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 heads the Competition Working Group of the Verein für Socialpolitik, he is deputy chairman of the Scientific Working Group for Regulatory Issues (WAR) of the Federal Network Agency, a member of the Kronberger Kreis (the scientific advisory board of the Stiftung Marktwirtschaft), the board of trustees of the Fazit-Stiftung, the Scientific Council of the Brussels think tank Bruegel and numerous other advisory boards. Justus’ research focuses on the economics of network industries, in particular energy and telecommunications markets, as well as on digitization (e.g. Sharing Economy). His particular interest lies in the interfaces between law and economics and the economic effects of different institutional arrangements and rules.
He has contributed his expertise in all areas of competition economics, including merger proceedings (e.g. Edeka/Tengelmann, VTG/CIT, EnBW/MVV), abuse of market power and private antitrust enforcement. He has also advised numerous private and public institutions such as the European Parliament, the Federal Ministry of Finance (BMF), the Federal Ministry of Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi), the Federal Network Agency, Deutsche Telekom, Vodafone, Sixt, RWE, EON, Siemens, UBER, the Federation of German Industries (BDI) and many others.
Since 2013 he has been included annually in the list of the most influential economists in Germany by the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung. GCR’s Who’s Who named him as "a standout figure in the German market."
Paul Heidhues is Professor of Behavioral and Competition Economics at Dusseldorf Institute for Competition Economics (DICE). Before joining DICE, Paul was the first holder of the Lufthansa Chair in Competition and Regulation, and the director of PhD studies at ESMT from 2010 to 2016. He was an associate professor for Economic Theory at University of Bonn from 2005 to 2010 and a research fellow at the Social Science Research Center Berlin (WZB) from 1999 to 2005. Paul received his Habilitation from the Humboldt University of Berlin in 2005 and his PhD in Economics from Rice University, Houston, Texas in 2000.
Paul worked on numerous topics in Industrial Organization and Competition Policy such as input-market bargaining power, merger control, and collusion. More recently, much of his work focuses on the functioning of markets when consumers are partly driven by psychological factors – such as social preferences, loss aversion, time-inconsistency, or naivete – that the classic consumer model abstracts from. Among other things, he has written on how firms optimally price products and design credit contracts in response to consumers' psychological tendencies, and he has investigated the implications thereof for consumer-protection regulation.
Paul is a member of the Academic Panel of the Competition and Markets Authority in the UK, a member of the Arbeitskreis Kartellrecht of the German Antitrust Authority (Bundeskartellamt), a Research Fellow of the CEPR Programme in Industrial Organization, a Research Fellow of the CESifo Network in Behavioral Economics, and an elected member of the Industrieökonomischer Ausschuss as well as the Theoretischer Ausschuss of the Verein für Socialpolitik. His work appeared in leading academic journals such as the American Economic Review, Quarterly Journal of Economics, and the Review of Economic Studies.
Georg Licht is Head of the Department of Economics of Innovation and Industrial Dynamics 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; labor economics; and High-Tech Start-ups.
Maikel Pellens is a Senior Researcher at ECOOM at KU Leuven, where he works on topics related to innovation policy. He is also a research associate at ZEW – the Leibniz Centre for European Economic Research in Mannheim, Germany, and visiting lecturer at the University of Antwerp. After completing his Ph.D. in business economics at KU Leuven in 2014, he spent five years as a senior researcher at ZEW, and three years as a Visiting Professor at Ghent University before joining KU Leuven in 2021. His research interests lies in the areas of innovation, entrepreneurship, and science policy.
Bettina Peters is Deputy Head at ZEW’s "Economics of Innovation and Industrial Dynamics" Research Department and Honorary Professor in Management at the Faculty of Law, Economics and Finance at the University of Luxembourg. Her main research interests cover the economics of innovation at the firm-level, in particular productivity and employment effects of innovation, dynamics in firm innovation behaviour, and the internationalization of R&D activities. Her research has been published in various academic journals like RAND Journal of Economics, Review of Economics and Statistics, International Journal of Industrial Organization, or Research Policy. She is a member of a research group on firm innovation behaviour and is engaged in the conceptual development and analysis of the Mannheim Innovation Panel and the Community Innovation Surveys (CIS). She has been engaged in many consultancy projects in the area of innovation and technology policy for the EU Commission and the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research. Before joining ZEW in 2000, she was a research and teaching assistant at the Institute of Microeconomics at the University of Kiel (1997-2000). She gained her doctoral degree at the University of Würzburg and holds a degree in quantitative economics from the University of Kiel. Bettina Peters was visiting researcher at Boston University and KU Leuven.
Jo Seldeslachts is Professor of Industrial Organization at KU Leuven and Senior Research Fellow at DIW Berlin. He holds further positions at the University of Amsterdam and the University of Johannesburg. His research interests lie in the areas of competition policy and law & economics. Jo has advised several public bodies on antitrust issues, including the Directorate General for Competition (EU), the Competition and Markets Authority (UK), and the ACM (The Netherlands). Jo's work has been published in journals such as The Review of Economics and Statistics, The Journal of Law and Economics, The Journal of Industrial Economics and The Journal of Economics and Management Strategy. He earned a PhD from the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona.
Joel Stiebale is Professor of Empirical Industrial Economics at the Düsseldorf Institute for Competition Economics (DICE). Previously, he was employed as an assistant professor at the University of Nottingham and as a postdoctoral researcher at RWI - Leibniz Institute for Economic Research. He received his PhD at the University of Bochum in 2010. His research interests lie in the areas of empirical industrial organization, international trade and multinational firms, economics of innovation and corporate finance. His work has been published e.g. in the Journal of International Economics, International Journal of Industrial Organization, European Economic Review and Research Policy.
Prof Dr. Reinhilde Veugelers is a full professor at KULeuven (BE) at the Department of Management, Strategy and Innovation. She is a Senior Fellow at Bruegel since 2009. She is also a CEPR Research Fellow, a member of the Royal Flemish Academy of Belgium for Sciences and of the Academia Europeana. From 2004-2008, she was on academic leave, as advisor at the European Commission (BEPA Bureau of European Policy Analysis). She was the President-Elect of EARIE (European Association for Research in Industrial Economics). She currently serves on the ERC Scientific Council. She is a member of the RISE Expert Group advising the EU Commissioner for Research and Innovation.
She was a visiting scholar at Northwestern University’s Kellogg Graduate School of Management, Sloan School of Management, MIT, Stern Business School, NYU (US), UCL (BE), ECARES/ ULBrussels, (BE) Paris I (FR), GSE-Barcelona (ES), UMaastricht (NL), SciencesPo (FR).
With her research concentrated in the fields of industrial organisation, international economics and strategy, innovation and science, she has authored numerous well cited publications in leading international journals. Specific recent topics include cooperative R&D, international technology transfers through MNEs, global innovation value chains, young innovative companies, innovation for climate change, industry science links and their impact on firm’s innovative productivity, evaluation of research & innovation policy, explaining scientific productivity, researchers’ international mobility. She coordinates a large, multidisciplinary research project on radical innovations.