• Warandelaan 2, Prisma Building, room P 2.107

    5037 AB Tilburg

    Netherlands

Accepting PhD Students

20022018
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Personal profile

Research interests

I am studying the organization and regulation of energy markets. Several questions are addressed:

  • Which regulatory instruments are necessary to obtain a sustainable energy system? How can we organize the market such that we will use the optimal mix of renewable and conventional technologies
  • Do energy firms have market power? If abuse of market power is a problem, which steps can the government take to reduce market power? Are standard competition policy rules sufficient or should we rely on sector-specific regulation?
  • Will a healthy and competitive energy sector deliver a secure energy supply system? What is the role of the government?

Career

Professional experience
  • Associate professor, Tilburg University (2010- )
  • Assistant professor, Tilburg University (2008-2010)
  • Postdoc, Tilburg University (2006-2008)
  • Jean Monnet Fellow, Florence School of Regulation (2006)
  • Postdoc, KUleuven, (2004-2005)
  • Postdoc, University of California Energy Institute, Berkeley (2004)
  • Researcher, KULeuven (2000-2003)
  • Teaching Assistant Mechanical Engineering, KULeuven (1998-1999)

Academic visits

  • Toulouse University, 2014
  • Research Institute for Industrial Economics, IFN Stockholm, 2014
  • Cambridge University, 2010
  • TU-Dresden, 2006

Current courses

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PhD supervision

PhD supervision

Bastian Henze (with Charles Noussair)

Doctoral examination committee

Richard Meade, Toulouse, 2014
Romeo Langestraat, Tilburg University, 2013
Matthias Laffont, Toulouse, 2013
Joris Morbee, K.U.Leuven, 2011
Jasper Frunt, T.U.Eindhoven, 2011
Gerd Küpper, K.U.Leuven, 2010
Eckart Ehlers, Tilburg University, 2009
Paul Nillesen, Tilburg University, 2008

External positions

Contributing to Academic Policy Reports (CERRE)

13 Sep 2018 → …

Discussion on issues in energy policy (IDEI)

1 Mar 2017 → …

Vice president of non-profit research (Benelux Association for Energy Economics, Int. non-profit)

8 Jan 2012 → …

Keywords

  • Industrial Organization
  • Game Theory
  • Energy Economics
  • Microeconomics
  • Competition
  • Network Industries
  • Regulation

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Research Output 2002 2018

Optimal regulation of network expansion

Willems, B. & Zwart, G., Apr 2018, In : RAND Journal of Economics. 49, 1, p. 23-42

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

Open Access
Optimal regulation
Price caps
Costs
Tax revenues
Asymmetric information

Providing Efficient Network Access to Green Power Generators: A Long-term Property Rights Perspective

Petropoulos, G. & Willems, B., 27 Feb 2017, Tilburg: TILEC, 28 p. (TILEC Discussion Paper; vol. 2017-007).

Research output: Working paperDiscussion paperOther research output

File
Generator
Property rights
Network access
Dynamic efficiency
Investing

Providing Efficient Network Access to Green Power Generators: A Long-term Property Rights Perspective

Petropoulos, G. & Willems, B., 27 Feb 2017, Tilburg: CentER, Center for Economic Research, 28 p. (CentER Discussion Paper; vol. 2017-010).

Research output: Working paperDiscussion paperOther research output

File
Generator
Property rights
Network access
Dynamic efficiency
Investing

Competition in Retail Electricity Markets: An Assessment of Ten Years Dutch Experience

Willems, B. & Mulder, M., 2016, Tilburg: CentER, Center for Economic Research, 36 p. (CentER Discussion Paper; vol. 2016-022).

Research output: Working paperDiscussion paperOther research output

File
Retail
Electricity market
Retail market
Retailers
Functioning

Competition in Retail Electricity Markets: An Assessment of Ten Years Dutch Experience

Mulder, M. & Willems, B., 15 Jun 2016, Tilburg: TILEC, 36 p. (TILEC Discussion Paper; vol. 2016-011).

Research output: Working paperDiscussion paperOther research output

Open Access
File
Retail
Electricity market
Retail market
Retailers
Functioning

Projects 2008 2011

Efficient regulation of infrastructure investment - An experimental study

Henze, B., Noussair, C. N. & Willems, B.

1/09/081/09/11

Project: Research projectDissertation research

Investments in the Electricity Market: Model and Applications

van Damme, E. & Willems, B.

1/09/081/09/10

Project: Research projectPersonal grants