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Head of the research group

Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Kerber

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Tel: 06421 28-23921
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    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 / Scholar at George Mason University (Fairfax, USA; 1992), University of Illinois (Urbana-Champaign, USA; 1999), University College London (2014) and University of California (Irvine, USA; 2017), 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).

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    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. His current main fields of research are (1) Multi-level legal systems, (de)centralisation, and regulatory competition (EU, global governance), (2) Rule-oriented competition law and methodology of the law, (3) Competition policy, esp. in regard to innovation, and intellectual property rights, and, most recently, (4) Regulatory questions in regard to the digital economy (esp. data governance, competition, privacy, and interoperability).

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    Selected publications:

    Ökonomische Grundlagen des Wettbewerbsrechts [Economic Principles of Competition Law], in: Bien, Florian, Limperg, Bettina, Montag, Frank, and Franz-Jürgen Säcker (eds.), Münchener Kommentar Europäisches und Deutsches Wettbewerbsrecht, Bd. 1: Europäisches Wettbewerbsrecht, Munich: C.H. Beck, 3.ed., forthcoming 2020 [coauthor: Ulrich Schwalbe].

    Data-sharing in IoT Ecosystems and Competition Law: The Example of Connected Cars, Journal of Competition Law & Economics, 2019, doi:10.1093/joclec/nhz018.

    Modernizing the Law on Abuse of Market Power in the Digital Age: A Summary of the Report for the German Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy, in: Competition Policy International Chronicle, December 2019, pp. 1-9 [coauthors: Justus Haucap, Heike Schweitzer, Robert Welker], see also: Modernisierung der Missbrauchsaufsicht für marktmächtige Unternehmen. Gutachten für das Bundesministerium für Wirtschaft und Energie, 2018 (175 S.) available at: [coauthors: Heike Schweitzer, Justus Haucap, Robert Welker]

    Access to Data in Connected Cars and the Recent Reform of the Motor Vehicle Type Approval Regulation, in: JIPITEC (Journal of Intellectual Property, Information Technology and Electronic Commerce Law) 10(2), 2019, pp. 244-256 [coauthor: Daniel Gill].

    Data Governance in Connected Cars: The Problem of Access to In-Vehicle Data, in: JIPITEC (Journal of Intellectual Property, Information Technology and Electronic Commerce Law) 9(3), 2018, pp. 310-331.

    Competition, Innovation, and Competition Law: Dissecting the Interplay, in: Gerard, Damien (ed.), Dynamic Markets and Dynamic Enforcement - The impact of the digital revolution and globalisation on the enforcement of competition law in Europe, Bruylant 2018, pp. 33-62.

    Datenrechte - Eine rechts- und sozialwissenschaftliche Analyse im Vergleich Deutschland - USA [Data rights - A legal and economic analysis with a comparison Germany - U.S.], 2018, 225 pp, available at: [coauthor: Louisa Specht]

    Rights on Data: The EU Communication "Building a European Data Economy" from an Economic Perspective, in: Sebastian Lohsse, Reiner Schulze, Dirk Staudenmayer (eds.), Trading Data in the Digital Economy: Legal Concepts and Tools, Baden-Baden: Nomos 2017, pp. 109-133

    Interoperability in the Digital Economy, in: Journal of Intellectual Property, Information Technology and Electronic Commerce Law (JIPITEC) 8(1), 2017, pp. 39 - 58 [coauthor: Heike Schweitzer]

    A New (Intellectual) Property Right for Non-Personal Data? An Economic Analysis, in: Gewerblicher Rechtsschutz und Urheberrecht. Internationaler Teil (GRUR Int), 2016, pp. 989-999

    Digital Markets, Data, and Privacy: Competition Law, Consumer Law and Data Protection, in: Gewerblicher Rechtsschutz und Urheberrecht. Internationaler Teil (GRUR Int), 2016, pp. 639-647, available at SSRN: <>

    Exhaustion of Digital Goods: An Economic Perspective, in: Zeitschrift für Geistiges Eigentum / Intellectual Property Journal, 2016, pp. 149-169, available at SSRN: <

    Empirical Analysis of the Assessment of Innovation Effects in U.S. Merger Cases, in: Journal of Industry, Competition and Trade, 2016, 16, pp. 373-402, [coauthors: Benjamin Kern, Ralf Dewenter], available at SSRN: <>