Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Kerber
Professor of Economics
Marburg Centre of Institutional Economics
School of Business Administration and Economics
Philipps University Marburg
D-35032 Marburg, Am Plan 2
Email: kerber [at] wiwi.uni-marburg.de
Phone: +49 6421 2823921 (room 109)
Office Hours: Tuesday, 9-12 a.m. (by appointment)
Profile: After receiving his Ph.D. in Economics 1988 at the University Erlangen-Nürnberg, he was Director of the Walter-Eucken-Institut in Freiburg (1991-1995), and Professor of Economics at the Ruhr-University Bochum (1995-1997). Since 1997 he has been Professor of Economics at the University of Marburg. He was twice Vice-Dean and Dean of the School of Business Administration and Economics (2002-2005, 2010-2013). He was Visiting Fellow at George Mason University (Fairfax, USA; 1992), University of Illinois (Urbana-Champaign, USA; 1999), Visiting Fellow (2006, 2014) and Fernand Braudel Senior Fellow (2009) at the Law Department of the European University Institute (Florence, Italy), and Hauser Global Fellow (2007) and Senior Global Research Fellow (2010) at New York University Law School (New York, USA).
Research: His fields of research include EU and International Competition Policy, Intellectual Property, Law and Economics and Institutional Economics, Evolutionary and Innovation Economics, European Integration, and Multi-Level Legal Systems. He is particularly interested in interdisciplinary research with lawyers and political scientists. Currently, his main fields of research are (1) topics at the interface of competition (law) and innovation (intellectual property), (2) multi-level legal systems, (de)centralisation, and regulatory competition (EU, global governance), and (3) rule-oriented competition law and methodology of the law.
Regulatory Networks,Regulatory Networks, Legal Federalism, and
Multi-level Regulatory Systems, in: Marciano, Alain, and Giovanni
Ramello (eds.), Law and Economics in Europe and the U.S. (forthcoming
2017) [coauthor: Julia Wendel], available at SSRN:
Digital Markets, Data, and Privacy: Competition Law, Consumer Law and Data Protection, in: Gewerblicher Rechtsschutz und Urheberrecht. Internationaler Teil (GRUR Int) (forthcoming 2016). available at SSRN: <http://ssrn.com/abstract=2777459>
Exhaustion of Digital Goods: An Economic Perspective, in: Zeitschrift für Geistiges Eigentum / Intellectual Property Journal (forthcoming 2016), available at SSRN: <http://ssrn.com/abstract=2773548
Empirical Analysis of the Assessment of Innovation Effects in U.S. Merger Cases, in: Journal of Industry, Competition and Trade (forthcoming 2016) [coauthors: Benjamin Kern, Ralf Dewenter], available at SSRN: <http://ssrn.com/abstract=2497426>
Ökonomische Grundlagen des Wettbewerbsrechts [Economic Principles of Competition Law], in: Bornkamm, Joachim, Montag, Frank, and Franz-Jürgen Säcker (eds.), Münchener Kommentar Europäisches und Deutsches Wettbewerbsrecht, Bd. 1: Europäisches Wettbe-werbsrecht, Munich: C.H. Beck, 2.ed., 2015, pp. 22-248 [coauthor: Ulrich Schwalbe].
Soft Paternalismus und Verbraucherpolitik [Soft Paternalism and Consumer Policy], in: List Forum für Wirtschafts- und Finanzpolitik 40(2), 2014, pp. 274-295; English translation available at SSRN: <http://ssrn.com/abstract=2497426>.
Kerber, W., and J. Wendel (2014): Regulation of Network Sectors in the EU: A Federalist Perspective, Wirtschaftspolitische Blätter 61(1), 2014, pp. 181-194.
Eckardt, M., and W. Kerber (2014): Developing Two-tiered Regulatory Competition in EU Corporate Law: Assessing the Impact of the Societas Privata Europaea, Journal of Law and Society 41(1), pp. 152-171.
Frank, S., and W. Kerber (2013): Patent Settlements in the Pharmaceutical Industry: An Antitrust Perspective, in: Dewenter/Haucap/Kehder (eds.), Wettbewerb und Regulierung in Medien, Politik und Märkten. Festschrift für Jörn Kruse zum 65. Geburtstag, Nomos: Baden-Baden 2013, pp. 385-413.
Saam, N., and W. Kerber (2013): Policy Innovation, Decentralised Experimentation, and Laboratory Federalism, Journal of Artificial Societies and Social Simulation 16 (1) 7.
Drexl, J., Kerber, W., and R. Podszun (eds.) (2011): Economic Approaches to Competition Law: Foundations and Limitations, Cheltenham: Edward Elgar.
Kerber, W. (2011): Competition, Innovation, and Maintaining Diversity through Competition Law, in: Drexl/Kerber/Podszun (eds.), Economic Approaches to Competition Law: Foundations and Limitations, Cheltenham: Edward Elgar, pp. 173-201.
Kerber, W. (2009): Should Competition Law Promote Efficiency? - Some Reflections of an Economist on the Normative Foundations of Competition Law, in: Drexl/Idot/Moneger (eds.), Economic Theory and Competition Law, Cheltenham: Edward Elgar, pp. 93-120.
Kerber, W., and R. van den Bergh (2008): Mutual Recognition Revisited: Misunderstandings, Inconsistencies, and a Suggested Reinterpretation, Kyklos 61, pp. 447-465.
Kerber, W. (2008): "Rules vs. Standards" or Standards as Delegation of Authority for Making (Optimally Differentiated) Rules, in: Eger et al. (eds.), Internalization of the Law and its Economic Analysis, Wiesbaden: Gabler, pp. 489-498.
Kerber, W. (2008): Institutional Change in Globalization - Transnational Commercial Law from an Evolutionary Economics Perspective, German Law Journal 9(4), pp. 411-436.
Kerber, W. (2008): European System of Private Laws: An Economic Perspective, in: Cafaggi /Muir Watt (eds.), The Making of European Private Law, Cheltenham: Edward Elgar, pp. 64-97.
Kerber, W., and U. Schwalbe (2008): Economic Principles of Competition Law, in: Hirsch/ Montag/Säcker (eds.), Competition Law: European Community Practice and Procedure - Article-by-article Commentary, London: Sweet & Maxwell, pp. 202-393.
Kerber, W., and Martina Eckardt (2007): Policy Learning in Europe: The "Open Method of Co-ordination" and Laboratory Federalism, Journal of European Public Policy 14(2), pp. 227-247.
Kerber, W. (2006): Competition, Knowledge, and Institutions, Journal of Economic Issues XL(2), pp. 457-463.
Christiansen, A., and W. Kerber (2006): Competition Policy with Optimally Differentiated Rules Instead of "Per se Rules vs. Rule of Reason", Journal of Competition Law and Economics 2(2), pp. 215-244.
Kerber, W., and S. Grundmann (2006): An Optional European Contract Law Code: Advantages and Disadvantages, European Journal of Law and Economics 21 (3), pp. 215-236.
Kerber, W. (2005): Applying Evolutionary Economics to Economic Policy: the Example of Competitive Federalism, in: Dopfer, K. (ed.), Economics, Evolution and the State: The Governance of Complexity, Cheltenham: Edward Elgar, pp. 296-324.
Kerber, W. , and S. Vezzoso (2005): EU Competition Policy, Vertical Restraints, and Innovation: An Analysis from an Evolutionary Perspective, World Competition 28 (4), pp. 507-532.
Kerber, W. (2003): An International Multi-Level System of Competition Laws: Federalism in Antitrust, in: Drexl, J. (ed.), The Future of Transnational Antitrust - From Comparative to Common Competition Law, Berne/The Hague/London/Boston: Staempfli/Kluwer, pp. 269-300.
Heine, K. and W. Kerber (2002): European Corporate Laws, Regulatory Competition and Path Dependence, European Journal of Law and Economics 13, pp. 47-71.
Kerber, W., and V. Vanberg (2001): Constitutional Aspects of Party Autonomy and Its Limits - The Perspective of Constitutional Economics, in: Grundmann/Kerber/Weatherill (eds.), Party Autonomy and the Role of Information in the Internal Market, Berlin and New York: Walter de Gruyter, pp. 49-79.