Program director

Juan-José Ganuza

UPF and Barcelona GSE

Massimo Motta

ICREA-UPF and Barcelona GSE - on leave until September 2016

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 for 2016-17 will include many industry experts teaching in the current edition of the program, as well as Massimo Motta, who will be returning 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.

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?
  • Governmental and Regulatory Agencies
  • Research Institutions and Consulting Firms
  • Energy and Telecommunications Industries, among others
  • Banking and Financial Institutions
  • International and Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs)

Examples of recent professional placements:

  • Bank of Spain
  • Boston Consulting Group
  • Bulgarian Commission on Protection of Competition
  • Charles River Associates
  • Colombian Commission for Water and Sanitation Regulation
  • Compass Lexecon
  • Competition Commission of India
  • Euromonitor International
  • European Commission
  • Irish Commission for Communications Regulation
  • Italy-America Chamber of Commerce (New York)
  • KPMG
  • Mexican Competition Commission
  • Peruvian Telecommunications Regulator (OSIPTEL)
  • Spanish National Competition Commission
  • Telefónica
  • Türk Telecom
  • UK Competition and Markets Authority (CMA)
  • UK Department of Energy and Climate Change
  • UK Gas and Electricty Markets Regulator (Ofgem)
  • UK Health Regulator (Monitor)
  • World Bank

Examples of recent PhD program placements:

  • Catholic University of Milan
  • Georgetown University
  • Harvard Kennedy School of Management
  • IESE Business School 
  • Paris West University Nanterre la Défense
  • Sabanci University
  • Toulouse School of Economics
  • Universidad Adolfo Ibañez
  • Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore 
  • Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB)
  • University of Bologna
  • University of Mannheim
  • University of São Paulo 

Download results for Competition 2015



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    Thembalethu Sithebe

    Senior Economist
    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

    Chief Advisor to the Commissioner
    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

    Senior Associate
    La Spezia
    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!
  • 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.

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.

Fall Term: Tools (September - December)

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

Winter Term: Core (January - March)

Course Title Credits Professor(s)
Economics of Competition Policy 6 Massimo Motta
Jorge Padilla
Chiara Fumagalli
Economics of Market Regulation 6 Susanna Esteban
Roberto Burguet
Quantitative and Statistical Methods II 6 Frank Verboven
Helena Perrone

Spring Term: Practice (April - June)

Course Title Credits Professor(s)
Policy Lessons 3 David Rapson
Tommasso Valletti
Quantitative Methods of Market Regulation 3 Albert Banal
Competition in Regulated Markets 3 Natalia Fabra
Iñigo Herguera
Competition Policy Cases 3 Giulio Federico
Benoît Durand
Master Project 6 Anna Merino
Elective (Choose 1):
Digital Market Design 3 Sandro Shelegia
Economic Analysis of Law 3 Rosa Ferrer

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