Program Director

Juan-José Ganuza

PhD, Universidad Carlos III de Madrid

UPF and Barcelona GSE

Steering Committee

faculty

Rosa Ferrer

PhD, Vanderbilt University

UPF and Barcelona GSE
faculty

Massimo Motta

PhD, Université Catholique de Louvain

ICREA-UPF and Barcelona GSE

As competition policy becomes increasingly relevant in public and private sectors, there is a great need for professionals equipped to address Competition Policy and Market Regulation issues.


The highly practical focus of our Competition and Market Regulation Program ensures that graduates have both an advanced understanding of the interaction between theory and practice as well as the qualifications necessary for solid placement in the field.

The Barcelona GSE Competition and Market Regulation Program presents students with a learning progression, starting from the basic necessary conceptual frameworks and economic tools, and then introducing core issues in Competition Policy and Market Regulation with the help of leading specialists in each field.

Students themselves will examine real-world competition policy cases and demonstrate how regulation works across specific industries such as banking, energy, and telecommunications, and will design and conduct an independent master's project in their domain.

Students will have a wealth of opportunities to complement their coursework with conferences and seminars in various fields of specialization. Chief among these is the Regulation and Competition Seminar Series, organized by the Universitat Pompeu Fabra (UPF) Department of Economics and Business, the Comisión del Mercado de las Telecomunicaciones (CMT), and the Barcelona GSE. Seminars feature academics, regulators, and practitioners at the forefront of their fields discussing specific issues and presenting original research. In addition to providing a range of regulatory issue perspectives, seminars also give students the opportunity to network with top professionals in the industry.

Study with the experts

Teaching faculty include many industry experts teaching in the current edition of the program, as well as Massimo Motta, who has returned from his stint as Chief Competition Economist at the European Commission. Professor Motta has been involved with the master program since its foundation and brings many years of experience both in the classroom and in the practice of competition policy.

Program schedule: 

In the Fall Term, students have the opportunity to take a mathematics, statistics, and computer tools brush-up course. This is not mandatory but highly recommended to assure a smooth start.

A master project, which will be supervised in regular meetings with an advisor, will allow students to put their knowledge into practice and improve their writing and exposition skills.

Course offer is subject to change.

Fall Term: Tools (September - December)

All courses in the fall term are mandatory.

Course Title Credits Professor(s)
Microeconomics 3 Pau Olivella
Information Economics 3 David Pérez-Castrillo
Introduction to Game Theory 3 Juan-José Ganuza
Industrial Organization 3 Christian Michel
Elements of Competition Law 3 Cani Fernández
Quantitative and Statistical Methods I 6 Javier Gómez Biscarri

Winter Term: Core (January - March)

All courses in the winter term are mandatory.

Course Title Credits Professor(s)
Economics of Competition Policy 6 Massimo Motta
Jorge Padilla
Chiara Fumagalli
Quantitative Methods of Market Regulation 3 Albert Banal
Quantitative and Statistical Methods II 6 Helena Perrone
Frank Verboven
Economics of Market Regulation 3 Gerard Llobet

Spring Term: Practice (April - June)

Course Title Credits Professor(s)
Mandatory:
Master Project 6 Anna Merino
Competition Policy Cases 3 Giulio Federico
Benoît Durand
Competition in Regulated Markets 3 Iñigo Herguera
Chloe Le Coq
Current Competition Policy Issues 3 Massimo Motta
Policy LessonsPolicy Lessons are shared by all programs in the Master's in Specialized Economic Analysis. Students must choose two Policy Lessons among those organized by any of the programs (Competition, EPP, ITFD, and Macro) 3 Carlo Cambini
Pedro Linares
Electives - Select 3 credits:
Economic Analysis of Law 3 Rosa Ferrer
Digital Market Design 3 Sandro Shelegia

Master degree awarded

Upon successful completion of the program, students will receive a Master Degree in Specialized Economic Analysis awarded jointly with Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB) and Universitat Pompeu Fabra (UPF).

All Barcelona GSE master degrees have been recognized by the Catalan and Spanish Education authorities within the framework of the Bologna Process (in Spanish, “Master Universitario o Master Oficial”). Indicadors de qualitat


What skills and knowledge will I acquire in this program?
  • Orderly thinking in Economic concepts, especially Microeconomics, Industrial Economics, Information Economics, Game Theory, and Strategic Behavior
  • Confidence in the fundamentals of competition law and its history
  • Understanding of theory and models of regulation, and in particular the basic regulatory frameworks of main industrial sectors
  • Ability to publicly present cases, and development of analytical skills for discussion and argument from different points of view
  • Communication through written technical reports containing real data analysis, analysis of economic literature, and selected project themes
  • Expert subject knowledge in discussion of formalized theory on competition policy 
Who will benefit from this program?
  • Students with a background in Economics or Business with a strong interest in microeconomics
  • Graduates in Engineering or Law who want to build their knowledge of economics, markets, and organizations
  • Workforce professionals seeking in-depth training in competition and market regulation policies
  • Researchers or professionals at antitrust authorities looking for advanced techniques and tools
  • Aspiring PhD students looking for a rigorous economic master program in Competition Policy and Market Regulation
Who hires Competition graduates?
  • Consulting Firms
  • Government and Authorities
  • Financial Services
  • International Organizations and Non-profits
  • Other Industries

Examples of recent professional placements:

  • Autorité de la Concurrence - Assistant Economist (Paris, France)
  • Charles River Associates (CRA) - Consulting Associate (London, UK)
  • Compass Lexecon - Analyst, Competition & Regulation (Madrid, Spain)
  • Ernst & Young (EY) - Senior Economist (Monterrey, Mexico)
  • Financial Conduct Authorities (CMA) - Senior Associate (London, UK)
  • Frontier Economics - Analyst (London, UK)
  • McKinsey & Company - Consultant (San Jose, Costa Rica)
  • Nera Economic Consulting - Research Officer (London, UK)
  • RBB Economics - Associate (Madrid, Spain)
  • World Bank - Consultant (Nairobi, Kenya)

Examples of recent PhD program placements:

  • Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB)
  • University of Bologna
  • University of Genoa
  • University of Mannheim

Download first placement results for recent Competition graduates

Faculty

Students

Competition Student Profile 2016-17

  • 16 students from 8 countries: Mexico, Brazil, Italy, Peru, Spain, Australia, France, and Turkey
  • Undergraduate degrees: Economics and Law
  • Gender split: 25% male, 75% female
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    Andressa Lin Fidelis '17

    Originally from
    São Paulo -
    Brazil
    The Barcelona GSE Competition Program was the most suitable opportunity to complement my legal background with a strong economic analysis in the field of competition policy. This is a precious chance to learn from professors like Massimo Motta, Cani Fernandez and Jorge Padilla, some of the most renowned professionals in their fields. Among the most intellectually challenging experiences I’ve had, the Competition Program is certainly ranked as number 1. In a short period of time I've already acquired a pretty good grasp on the main tools involving economic analysis for competition and market regulation policies.
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    Zeynep Ortaç '17

    Originally from
    Istanbul
    Turkey
    Economic analysis is the essential complement of competition law. Therefore, gaining competence in the discipline of Economics is also an imperative for professionals who have a legal background. The Barcelona GSE has international prestige in providing the perfect training for this objective with its Competition and Market Regulation Program. I expect that the program will enable me to apply practical economic tools to competition law and regulation cases. I strongly believe that such a interdisciplinary approach will advance my future analyses in the competition policy field.
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    Amélie Brossard-Ruffey '17

    Originally from
    Versailles
    France
    I had the ambition to specialize in Competition policy, and the Barcelona Graduate School of Economics definitely has the best program offer in this field. It is quite unique and positively challenging. I fully appreciate the teachers' dedication and the study environment here in Barcelona. I am, personally, taking the master with almost no previous work experience, so I expect to enter the consulting market with bright skills and a broad understanding of Competition Economics.
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    Ernesto Cárdenas '17

    Originally from
    Sinaloa
    Mexico
    The Barcelona GSE keeps working to stay in the standard of academic excellence. It is a privilege to study with top Economics students from all over the world and, especially, to take classes with leading decision makers and recognized professors of the field. The precise methodology used in the Competition Program gives you useful economic tools, even if you don’t have a strong economic background. The program rests on robust theoretical grounds, but it is also applied on specific fields and cases. In this sense, it’s good preparation for real world challenges. This program will help me assume positions where economic and legal insight give additional value to solve problems, from the perspective of competition policy or regulation in general.

Alumni

Competition alumni career paths

An overview of Competition career paths for the three most recent cohorts (Class of 2014, 2015, 2016)

  • Most Competition alumni (90%) enter or return to the professional work force
    10% continue their education in a PhD or other post-graduate program
  • Most common industries:
    Consulting, Government and Authorities
  • Cities with most Competition alumni:
    London, Barcelona, Madrid, Rome, Frankfurt
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    Lorenzo Migliaccio '14

    Consultant
    Originally from
    Rome
    Italy
    Currently living in
    Rome
    Italy
    The Barcelona GSE Master in Competition and Market Regulation gave me a solid basis to rest on, sharpening my technical accuracy and enriching my competences in a cutting-edge economic topic like competition.
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    Aldo Pignataro '13

    PhD Candidate
    Originally from
    Milan
    Italy
    Currently living in
    Milan
    Italy
    The Master Program gave me some basic tools that I'm currently using in my research. Moreover, it gave me the possibility to get in touch with some prominent scholars who inspired me for what concerns my career and my current research. I will be always grateful to BGSE and maybe I will come back soon or later (but as a researcher).
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    Thembalethu Sithebe '13

    Senior Economist
    Originally from
    Johannesburg
    South Africa
    Currently living in
    Pretoria
    South Africa
    I apply all the skills learnt in the Masters in my every day job. The rigorous theory learnt has helped to set me apart from my peers as I am able to explain difficult concepts in a simple, intuitive manner. It has also provided me with the key tools needed for any competition economist to excel in this field of work.
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    Antonio Massieu '13

    Chief Advisor to the Commissioner
    Originally from
    Mexico City
    Mexico
    Currently living in
    Mexico City
    Mexico
    My position as chief advisor to the Commisioner at the Regulatory Commission of Energy is exactly the job I wanted to have after graduating. Working in a multi-disciplinary environment like this is particularly rewarding for me, since it allows me to develop my legal skills while applying solid economic concepts related to regulation and competition matters in energy markets.
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    Cecilia Nardini

    Cecilia Nardini '13

    Senior Associate
    Originally from
    La Spezia
    Italy
    Currently living in
    London
    United Kingdom
    The Barcelona GSE master program was strongly recommended to me by my supervisor at Bocconi University and by a friend who had a great experience here. Both pointed out the world-renowned faculty and the relevance and comprehensiveness of the topics covered. Furthermore, at the competition authority I worked for, names of Barcelona GSE faculty or alumni were mentioned regularly as being the leading experts in the field. I then came to Barcelona GSE earlier this year for a professional training and was so impressed with the level of the course that I decided to apply for the master the day after!