Prior to joining the Columbia Business School faculty in July 2008, Wouter was an associate professor of economics at the University of Chicago, Graduate School of Business from 2005-2008, where he taught Competitive Strategy and Organizational Strategy. He earned a Bachelor in management and applied sciences from Katholieke Universiteit Leuven in 1997 and a Ph.D. in economics from Universite Libre de Bruxelles and Toulouse University in 2000, after which he became an assistant professor at the University of Chicago. Wouter's research interests centers on the economics of organizations, specifically centralization versus decentralization, incentive design, the organizational structure of multi-divisional firms and the impact of competition on business organizations. His research has been published in leading journals such as American Economic Review, Journal of Political Economy, Review of Economic Studies, and the Journal of Finance. He has also served as a research affiliate for the Center for Economic Policy Research and as an Associate Editor for the Review of Network Economies and the Journal of the European Economic Association.