The Barcelona Graduate School of Economics held the first edition of its new professional course on Quantitative Methods for Competition Analysis from November 14-17, 2012 at the School’s Ciutadella campus in downtown Barcelona.
The Quantitative Methods course is an intensive four-day program that focuses on recent empirical methods to measure market power and competition, with applications to market definition, merger analysis and damages from anticompetitive conduct. Sessions cover both case studies and the use of practical tools for competition analysis.
Course participants: consultants, economists, lawyers and policy makers
In total, 72 participants from more than 25 countries including Chile, Egypt, Hong Kong, Iceland, India, Switzerland, the United Kingdom and the United States came to Barcelona for the first edition of the quantitative methods course.
Course participants by sector
||Competition and Regulatory Authorities|
||Economic Consulting Firms|
Work experience of participants
- 75% of participants had less than 10 years of experience.
- 14% had more than 10 years of experience.
- 11% did not specify.
Competition authorities represented (alphabetical)
Economic consulting firms represented (alphabetical)
Over 95% of all participants rated the course on Quantitative Methods for Competition Analysis as "Very Satisfactory" (average 4.33/5) in the post-course evaluations.
Giuseppe Buglione is an associate in KPMG's Economics and Regulation practice in London. He found the course well organized and useful. He also appreciated the insights of the course's experienced faculty. "The techniques covered in the course are extremely useful in the work of an applied economist in the field of competition policy, both in the private and the public sector," Mr. Buglione said. "The faculty is composed by top ranked professors and practitioners who were able to explain the theoretical concepts clearly, while at the same time providing examples from real cases and useful insights, based on their experience, on the main advantages or issues associated to the taught techniques."
"I personally found it very useful," said Siphamandla Mkhwanazi, Junior Economist at the South African Competition Commission. "It was a well-balanced presentation of the extent to which econometric methods can be used in competition cases," Mr. Mkhwanazi said.
1 out of 5 are returning Barcelona GSE participants
Among the course participants were 10 alumni from another Barcelona GSE short course on Competition Economics: Abuse of Dominance. There was also one graduate of the Barcelona GSE Master in Competition and Market Regulation and one student who is currently pursuing doctoral study in the Graduate Program in Economics, Finance and Management (GPEFM), the Barcelona GSE’s reference doctoral program at Universitat Pompeu Fabra (UPF).
Participants in the first edition of the Barcelona GSE Intensive Course on Quantitative Methods for Competition Analysis
Faculty: leading academics and practitioners
- Massimo Motta (ICREA-UPF and Barcelona GSE), course director
- Frank Verboven (University of Leuven), course director
- Miguel de la Mano (UK Competition Commission)
- Benoît Durand (RBB Economics)
- Chiara Fumagalli (Bocconi University)
- Helena Perrone (UPF and Barcelona GSE)
Lawyers, judges, economists, policy makers, consultants, and managers working in the areas of Competition Policy and Regulation in:
- Competition authorities
- Regulatory agencies
- Economic consultancy firms
- International organizations
- Other public institutions
- Law firms and courts
- Academic institutions and research centers in competition law and economics