Massimo Motta

"Shelving or developing? The acquisition of potential competitors under financial constraints" (with C Fumagalli and E Tarantino)

"Which role for state aid and merger control during and after the Covid crisis?" (with C Fumagalli and M Peitz), June 2020, forthcoming in Journal of European Competition Law & Practice

Una oportunidad para recuperar Europa" (with N Fabra and M Peitz), El País, 14 May 2020

"Price regulations in times of crisis", in Daily Maverick, 22 April 2020


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. (The book was awarded the XI Premi of the Societat Catalana d'Economia for the best economics book in October 2019.)

He has extensive experience in advising competition agencies on cases and policy (he has been advising 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.

Working Papers and Research in Progress

Recent Research Publications

Selected Policy Papers

Other policy contributions

My Google scholar page

An interview on the digital economy (Competition Policy International, CPI Talks, April 2018)
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