Dr. Sebastian Dengler


Sebastian has over 4 years of experience in developing theoretical economic models, deriving relevant empirical hypotheses from these models, and designing and conducting experimental studies to empirically test them. His work mostly focused on consumer privacy decisions in the digital economy, but he also investigated the effectiveness of commitment mechanisms with respect to the collective governance of exhaustible resources. Sebastian has over 3 years of experience working with legal scholars and is a long-standing member and current extra-mural fellow of the Tilburg Law and Economics Center (TILEC).

Before joining ABC economics, Sebastian lectured at the Department of Economics of Tilburg University, where he taught a course on the Economics of Privacy and the Digital Economy in addition to his prior, more classic, courses on Industrial Organization, Game Theory, and Theories and Models. Sebastian also gave a series of lectures on how to read and interpret empirical literature. Besides his lecturer position, he was also a post-doctoral researcher in the Department of Law, Technology, Markets and Society (LTMS) of Tilburg Law School, where he worked as leading economist on an interdisciplinary law and economics project funded by the European Research Council on Information and Information-Induced Harms.

Sebastian has published in the Journal of Environmental Economics and Management. He presented his research at various international conferences and institutions, such as the Annual Conference of the Society for Institutional & Organizational Economics (SIOE, formerly: ISNIE) at Harvard University in 2015, at Sciences Po, Paris 2016, the 9th Competition Law and Economics European Network (CLEEN) Workshop, the Economic Science Association (ESA) European Meeting 2016, the European Winter Meeting of the Econometric Society (EWMES) 2017, the 14th ZEW Conference on The Economics of Information and Communication Technologies, and the 44th Conference of the European Association for Research in Industrial Economics (EARIE) in 2017. In 2015/16 he was awarded a Privacy Scholars Fellowship from the prestigious George Mason University which enabled him to attend multiple exchanges between scholars and members of both the US FTC and the US federal reserve banking system. In 2019, Sebastian was also invited by the Directorate General for Justice and Consumers of the European Commission to contribute his research insights in a session on shaping the future of EU consumer policy.

Sebastian holds a Ph.D. in Economics from Tilburg University in the Netherlands, where he also acquired his M.Sc. in Economics. He received his B.Sc. in “Management, Philosophy and Economics” at Frankfurt School of Finance & Management, a program during which he also studied at the Universidad Torcuato di Tella in Buenos Aires.

A native German speaker, he is fluent in English, conversational in Dutch, and has basic knowledge of Spanish.