Massimo Motta

ICREA-UPF and Barcelona GSE; former Chief Competition Economist, European Commission

Massimo Motta is ICREA Research Professor at UPF and Barcelona GSE Research Professor. He served as Chief Competition Economist at the European Commission's Directorate General for Competition from September 2013 to August 2016.

Professor Motta is the Scientific Director of the Barcelona GSE Master Program in Competition and Market Regulation. From 2009-2012, Prof. Motta served as Dean of the Barcelona GSE. He was also the first Director of the Economics Program (1993-98) when he was Professor at the Universitat Pompeu Fabra. He has been Professor and Head (2003-05) of the Economics Department at the European University Institute, Florence, as well as Professor at Università di Bologna.

Professor Motta is Fellow of the European Economic Association, Research Fellow of the Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR), London, and of CESifo, Munich, as well as member of the Executive Committee of the Association of Competition Economists, of the Economic Advisory Group on Competition Policy at the European Commission, and of the Expert Academic Panel of Ofcom, London.

Professor Motta's main areas of research are industrial organisation and in particular competition policy, but he has also worked on international trade and multinational firms. His work, widely cited and influential, has been published in the leading international economic journals. His book on Competition Policy: Theory and Practice (Cambridge University Press, 2004) is the standard international reference on the economics of antitrust, and is used by teachers, scholars, and practitioners. He is currently finalising another book on Exclusionary practices (Cambridge University Press, forthcoming) with Chiara Fumagalli and Claudio Calcagno.

He has extensive experience in advising competition agencies on cases and policy, in teaching competition policy (to lawyers, economists, agency officials, and in both undergraduate and graduate courses) and in supervising doctoral dissertations. His former students have obtained important positions in academia, consulting firms, and in competition and regulatory agencies. 

Barcelona GSE Working Papers

Massimo Motta and Emanuele Tarantino

The Effect of Horizontal Mergers, when Firms Compete in Prices and Investments