Massimo Motta

Massimo Motta is Research Professor at ICREA-Universitat Pompeu Fabra and at the Barcelona School of Economics.   He founded the BSE'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.

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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 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 and regulatory agencies  (including the South African Competition Commission, Chile's Fiscalía Nacional Económica, the Portuguese Autoridade da Concorrência, and OFCOM, the UK's Communications regulator), in teaching competition policy (to lawyers, economists, agency officials, and in undergraduate, graduate, and executive courses) and in supervising doctoral dissertations. His former students have obtained important positions in academia, consulting firms, and in competition and regulatory agencies.

Latest research and policy

Research Publications

Selected Policy Papers

Other policy contributions

(*) Reprinted in Europe in the Time of Covid-19, A Bénassy-Quéré and B Weder di Mauro (eds.), CEPR Press eBook


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

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

Alumni Meeting of the Barcelona Graduate School of Economics