The Barcelona Competition Economics Summer School will offer two courses:
Horizontal Mergers – Theory and Empirics will be taught by Albert Banal-Estañol (UPF and Barcelona GSE) and Christian Michel (UPF and Barcelona GSE). It will focus on introducing important theoretical models and empirical methods for the analysis of the competitive aspects of horizontal mergers.
Competition in the Digital Sector will be taught by Massimo Motta (ICREA-UPF and Barcelona GSE) and Juan-José Ganuza (UPF and Barcelona GSE). It will focus on analyzing the firms' competitive behavior in digital markets and its implication for competition policy and regulation.
Course schedule for 2017
The schedule of the Barcelona Competition Economics Summer School is designed to allow students to participate in both courses offered. However, courses can also be taken individually.
You may apply for one or both of the following courses. Click to view descriptions and instructor biographies:
Horizontal Mergers - Theory and Empirics
- The economics of horizontal mergers: unilateral and coordinated effects
- New developments in the theory and practice of horizontal mergers
- Basic empirical tests of market power
- Discrete choice demand estimation
- Modern empirical supply side methods to assess horizontal mergers
About the Instructors
Albert Banal-Estañol (PhD, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona) is Associate Professor at the Universitat Pompeu Fabra, program director of the MSc in Corporate Finance and Banking at the UPF-Barcelona School of Management, affiliated Reader at City University London, visiting professor at the IFP-Energies Nouvelles in Paris and research fellow at the SP-SP Public-Private Sector Research Center at the IESE Business School. Previously, he has held teaching and research positions at the University of Western Ontario in Canada, Northwestern University in the US, University of Cambridge, UCL, and London Business School in the UK, and the University of Munich in Germany.
His research interests are in the fields of corporate finance, competition policy and market regulation, energy and the environment and innovation and entrepeneneurhsip. Alberts research areas span across Economics, Management and Finance and his work makes use of theoretical, empirical, experimental and simulation techniques. His articles have been published in leading international peer-reviewed journals and have been financially supported by public and private sector grants.
Albert has provided consultant advice to merging companies and competition authorities (e.g. Office of Fair Trading). He has also delivered executive training courses for government agencies (e.g. UKs Department of Trade and Industry), regulators (e.g. Ofgem) and private companies (e.g. Gaz de France). He has also collaborated in the development of master and training programmes in several African countries.
Christian Michel (PhD, University of Mannheim) is Assistant Professor at UPF and a Barcelona GSE affiliated professor. In his research, he studies topics on the border between Empirical Industrial Organization and Organizational Economics. A second strand of his research focuses on the consequences of consumer biases on market outcomes and the effectiveness of consumer protection policies.
Competition in the Digital Sector
- Understanding platform competition: theory and cases
- Vertical agreements in online markets
- Recent cases of abuse of dominance in digital markets
- Challenges for competition policy, I: big data
- Challenges for competition policy, II: sharing economy
About the Instructors
Juan José Ganuza (PhD, Universidad Carlos III de Madrid) is Professor of Economics and Business at UPF. He is Director of the Barcelona GSE Master Program in Competition and Market Regulation.
Previously, he was visiting researcher at the University California Los Angeles, and Institut D'Economie Industrielle (Toulouse).
He has published in the main international economics journals in his research field (RAND Journal of Economics, International Journal of Industrial Organization, Journal of Industrial Economics, Journal of Economics Management and Strategy, etc) as well as in general interest economics journals (such as Econometrica), law journals (such as the Journal of Legal Studies), and business publications (such as Management Science).
Prof. Ganuza has been a consultant on procurement issues for the Spanish government. He has collaborated on several books related with procurement and regulatory issues, among them, The Handbook of Procurement (Cambridge University Press, 2006).
Massimo Motta (PhD, London School of Economics and Université Catholique de Louvain) is ICREA Research Professor at UPF and Barcelona GSE Research Professor. He served as Chief Competition Economist at the European Commission's Directorate General for Competition from September 2013 to August 2016.
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.
Professor Motta's main areas of research are industrial organisation and in particular competition policy, but he has also worked on international trade and multinational firms. His work, widely cited and influential, has been published in the leading international economic journals. His book on Competition Policy: Theory and Practice (Cambridge University Press, 2004) is the standard international reference on the economics of antitrust, and is used by teachers, scholars, and practitioners.
- Background in Economics or related fields
- Working knowledge of English
There is limited space in the Barcelona GSE Summer School Courses. Among the candidates who meet the eligibility criteria, the Barcelona GSE will select those with more outstanding professional and/or academic careers.
Interested candidates should apply before May 30. After this deadline, your place may not be guaranteed. Capacity of the courses is limited. Some courses may close before May 30 depending on demand.
Applications will be evaluated by the program directors and candidates will be informed of their decision. A document will be attached to our response with payment information. Before applying, please read through the summer school cancellation policy and other regulations.
A wide range of short-term accommodation is available near campus for Barcelona GSE Summer School participants. Students and participants can take advantage of discounted offers by booking accommodation with one of our housing partners. These partners will be able to provide various affordable accommodation options tailored to suit different needs, including: flats, hostels and hotels, shared apartments, and student halls.
For more information, see the "Discounts" section of our accommodations page.
At the conclusion of the Summer Schools, participants will receive a certificate for the number of hours attended. All Barcelona GSE courses require an average of twice the lecture hours for readings, pre-readings and class preparation. Interested students should check with their universities to see if these hours are transferable into ECTS credits.
Fees and discounts
Fees listed are for the 2017 edition.
|Price for each course|
|Regular Fee||1050 €|
|Reduced Fee*||650 €|
* Reduced fee applies to PhD/Masters students, including current Barcelona GSE students.
|Early bird (book and pay before 1 April 2017)||10%|
|3 or more courses**||25%|
|Barcelona GSE alumni||10%|
|Barcelona GSE partner organizations||10%|
** Multiple course fee discounts will only be applied to named individuals booking and paying for more than one course for their own use.
Notes about Summer School fees:
- Fees vary by program: please check summer school program pages for individual course fees.
- All discounts are accumulative, e.g. alumni booking two or more courses will receive a further 10% discount off the total after the multiple course discount has been applied.
- Fees include any materials required for the course as indicated, coffee breaks every day of the week, networking dinner on Tuesday, and farewell dinner on Thursday.