Massimo Motta

Europe needs more, not less, competition

Open letter by European industrial economists on "European champions" and merger enforcement 

A follow-up on Competition policy and European firms' competitiveness

"Challenges for EU Merger Control" (with Martin Peitz)


Massimo Motta is Research Professor at ICREA-Universitat Pompeu Fabra and at the Barcelona Graduate School of Economics. He founded the GSE's Competition and Market Regulation Program and is Scientific Director of this Master.

He served as Chief Competition Economist of the European Commission from 1 September 2013 to 31 August 2016.

Prof. Motta's main areas of research are industrial organisation and competition policy. 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 lecturers, scholars, and practitioners. His new book on Exclusionary practices. The Economics of Monopolisation and Abuse of Dominance (Cambridge University Press, 2018) with Chiara Fumagalli and Claudio Calcagno, contains original research, case discussions and policy implications, shedding new light on this controversial area of antitrust.

 He has extensive experience in advising competition agencies on cases and policy (he currently advises the South African Competition Commission, Chile's Fiscalía Nacional Económica, and the Portuguese Autoridade da Concorrência), 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.


Working Papers and Research in Progress


Recent Research Publications


Selected Policy Papers


My Google scholar page

An interview (in Spanish) published in La Vanguardia when I was nominated Chief Competition Economist
An interview appeared in the Magazine of the Toulouse School of Economics

A few pictures
Surprise workshop in Florence 

Above: Group photo at the "surprise workshop" at the EUI, Florence (October 2018).

Below: Presentation of the Spanish Edition of Competition Policy, Mexico City (May 2018).

Presentation of the Spanish edition of "Competition Policy", Mexico City, May 2018










































Below: Alumni Meeting of the Barcelona GSE