Course overview

The Barcelona GSE Intensive Course on the Competitive Effects of Mergers will provide participants (whether lawyers or economists, working for firms or in agencies) with a thorough understanding of the crucial role of competition enforcement in merger control, by looking at established and new economic theories on mergers, the relevant empirical methods, as well as providing insightful discussions on recent high-profile merger cases in Europe and the US.

The program's faculty includes leading academic and professional economists, with extensive experience in the application of economic analysis to the competition enforcement in merger cases.

The course will be structured in a series of intensive sessions over two and a half days.


  • Giulio Federico (Head of Merger Unit, Chief Economist Team, DG Competition, European Commission)
  • Massimo Motta (Professor of Economics, ICREA-UPF and Barcelona GSE; former Chief Competition Economist, European Commission)
  • Damien Neven (Professor of Economics, The Graduate Institute, Geneva; former Chief Competition Economist, European Commission)
  • Aviv Nevo (G. A. Weiss and L. Bravo Weiss Professor of Economics and Marketing, University of Pennsylvania; former Chief Economist, Antitrust Division, U.S. Department of Justice)
  • Elena Zoido (Senior Vice President, CompassLexecon)

Detailed instructor biographies and course plan are available below.

Key benefits

  • Understand the role of economics in the area of merger control
  • The importance of interaction among theory, empirical methods and practice
  • Insights on the main theories of harm applicable to merger control
  • Identification of the main empirical methods to be used in case work
  • The importance of efficiency defenses, and how to assess them
  • How to think of effective remedies to redress possible competitive harm
  • Exposure to world-renowned economic experts in the field of merger control

Course dates and registration

The first edition of this new course will take place October 25-27, 2017.

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Early-bird discount

Accepted participants who register and pay the course fee before September 27 will receive an early-bird discount.


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