Dr. Christian Handke

Assistant Professor

Biographical Note

Christian Handke is Assistant Professor (tenured) of Cultural Economics at Erasmus University Rotterdam. He is program coordinator of the Master in Cultural Economics and Entrepreneurship. Since 2012, Dr. Handke also works as Senior Researcher at University of Amsterdam, where he participates in the research project on Copyright in an Age of Access. His research focuses on cultural economics and the economics of copyright, innovation and technological change, as well as the record industry.

In 2010, Christian received his doctorate in economics at Erasmus University Rotterdam with highest distinction. His dissertation was short-listed for the Boekman Dissertation Prize 2012. He also holds an M.A. with distinction in 'Science, Technology and Society' from Linköping University (Sweden) and a B.A. (Hons) in European Studies from the University of North London. Between 2003 and 2007, Christian was junior lecturer/researcher at Humboldt University Berlin, Centre for British Studies, where he participated in the research project on Commerce and Culture.

Christian has consulted for a variety of public and private organizations, including the European Commission, the National Academies of the Sciences (USA), Industry Canada, the UK Intellectual Property Office, the federal German Expert Commission on Research and Innovation (EFI), and the Spanish Fundacion Autor.

Recent publications are:
- with J.J. Vallbé and B. Bodó, “Going Means Trouble and Staying Makes it Double: The Value of Licensing Recorded Music Online”, forthcoming in Journal of Cultural Economics, accepted April 2015.
- “Digitization and Competition in Copyright Industries: One Step Forward and Two Steps Back?” forthcoming in Homo Oeconomicus, accepted January 2015.
- with A. Mattes and Y. Girard, "Urheberrechtsschutz und Innovation: Fit für die Digitalisierung? “, DIW Wochenbericht 16, 2015, pp. 343-351.