PhD, London School of Economics and Université Catholique de Louvain

Massimo Motta is ICREA Research Professor at UPF and Research Professor of the Barcelona GSE. In 2013, he was appointed Chief Competition Economist at the European Commission's Directorate General for Competition.

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.

His main areas of research are industrial organization and competition policy. He has advised companies and the European Commission in antitrust and merger cases. He has extensive experience in supervising doctoral dissertations, and his former students have obtained important positions in academia, consulting firms, and in competition and regulatory agencies. His work has been published in several leading international journals.

Research interests

Industrial Organization
Competition Policy


Luca Aguzzoni, Gregor Langus and Massimo Motta

The effect of EU antitrust investigations and fines on a firm’s valuation

The Journal of Industrial Economics, January 2013
Chiara Fumagalli and Massimo Motta

A Simple theory of Predation

Journal of Law and Economics, Vol.56, No 3, 595--631, January 2013, 10.1086/672951
Massimo Motta

Advertising Bans

SERIEs, Vol.4, No 1, 61--81, January 2013, 10.1007/s13209-011-0084-1