Call for papers: Law and Economics of Media and Telecomunicatios

Call for Papers: Law and Economics of Media and Telecommunications
An international workshop by TILEC
20 – 21 June 2011, Tilburg University

Keynote Speakers
# Stefan Bechtold (Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zürich)
# Matthew Gentzkow (University of Chicago)
# Benjamin Hermalin (University of California, Berkeley)
# James Speta (Northwestern University)

Call for papers

The fields of media and telecommunications policy have been subject to significant changes over the last decade. We distinguish a process of convergence on three levels. First, and most fundamentally, while both fields used to be separate disciplines before a process of convergence has resulted in the gradual blending of media and telecommunications services and markets. Second, in regulating this complex process of convergence between media and telecoms, the disciplines of law and economics are increasingly becoming intertwined as well. Third, in struggling with the (de)regulatory response to convergence of media and telecommunications, policymakers in Europe and the US have started playing catch-up with each other. With the increased globalization of media and telecommunications a coordinated policy approach may be called for, to ensure a predictable investment climate for firms and an integrated framework of consumer protection.

What is needed to understand this threefold process of convergence is sound and interdisciplinary academic research. The Tilburg Law and Economics Center (TILEC) wants to take the opportunity to bring together a diverse spectrum of scholars and regulators of media and telecommunications, both from the US and from Europe. On a policy level, we want to discuss what the most pressing issues are in the regulation of media and telecommunications. On a methodological level, we wish to ask how the interdisciplinary field of law and economics can best contribute to converging media and telecommunications policy, and how interaction between lawyers and economists can facilitate successful convergence of the telecommunications and media sectors.

We welcome economic and legal contributions of the highest quality, but require effort in presenting before a mixed audience. Economists are expected to bring in reasons to regulate/not regulate/how to regulate according to economic theory, lawyers to bring in knowledge of the current regulation, of court decisions and of the legal feasibility of regulation proposals. Each presenter will be assigned a discussant. Theoretical, empirical and policy-oriented articles are welcome. A non-exhaustive list of topics of interest is:

– The impact of convergence and digitalization
– Network neutrality
– Cloud computing
– Local content in digital markets
– Scope for public ownership and public subsidies in old and new media
– Financing of public service broadcasting
– News quality in online media markets
– Pricing of news and information in digital markets
– Media markets structure and political outcomes
– Mergers and local content
– Mergers and pluralism
– Advertising regulation in the old and new media
– Intellectual property rights and piracy in the digital era
– Exclusive contracts
– Vertical integration between telecommunications and media
– Bundling in new and traditional media markets

Submissions
The deadline for submission is April 10, 2011. Articles should be submitted in PDF to tilec-media@uvt.nl. Extended abstract are accepted but full papers are preferred. Please contact the workshop organizers for any questions. Authors of selected papers will be notified by April 20, 2011. TILEC will cover the accommodation and reasonable travel expenses of conference participants who present an accepted paper. Presenters might be asked to be discussant of another presenter’s paper.

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