Master's Degree in Specialized Economic Analysis: Competition and Market Regulation Program

Program Director

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Rosa Ferrer

PhD, Vanderbilt University

UPF and Barcelona GSE

Scientific Director

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Massimo Motta

PhD, Université Catholique de Louvain

ICREA-UPF and Barcelona GSE; former Chief Competition Economist, European Commission

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 industry experts such as Massimo Motta, former 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: 

Students must complete 60 ECTS (a total of 13 mandatory courses and 1 elective course, to be taken either in the Fall or Spring Term)

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.

The course offer displayed is for next year's edition (2021-22). Course offer is subject to change.

Course list for current students (2020-21)

 

Master project

The master project is a required component of all Barcelona GSE Master's programs. Working individually or in groups, students use the tools and knowledge they've acquired during the entire year to explore a topic of their choice. A professor supervises throughout the project.

Examples of master projects from recent Competition and Market Regulation cohorts

Select a project to view a summary on the Barcelona GSE Voice, our student and alumni blog:

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Master's degree awarded

Upon successful completion of the Barcelona GSE Competition and Market Regulation Program, students will receive a Master's Degree in Specialized Economics Analysis awarded jointly with Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB) and Universitat Pompeu Fabra (UPF).

All Barcelona GSE Master's 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”).


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 & Authorities
  • Financial Services
  • Research & Academic Institutions
  • Other Industries

Examples of recent professional placements:

  • Charles River Associates (CRA) - Consulting Associate - London, United Kingdom
  • CNMC - Internship - Madrid, Spain
  • Compass Lexecon - Analyst - Brussels, Belgium
  • Competition Market Authority - Assistant Economist - London, United Kingdom
  • E. CA. Economics - Economist - Berlin, Germany
  • Frontier Economics - Analyst - Madrid, Spain
  • Global Economics Group - Consulting Project Manager - Mexico City, Mexico
  • GPR Economía S.A - Consultant - Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • KPMG - Competition Economist - Madrid, Spain
  • Mexican Competition Authority (COFECE) - Deputy Director of Technical Analysis - Mexico City, Mexico
  • NERA - Research Officer - Madrid, Spain
  • RBB Economics - Analyst - London, United Kingdom
  • Vivid Economics - Senior Economist - London, United Kingdom

More information about alumni career paths

Faculty

Students

Competition Student Profile 2020-21

14 students from 10 countries (93% international)

Most represented countries this year:

  • Italy (3)
  • United Kingdom and Peru (2 students each)

Most common undergraduate backgrounds:

  • Economics
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Alumni

Competition alumni career paths

An overview of Competition career paths for recent cohorts (Class of 2018, 2019, 2020)

  • Most Competition alumni (97%) enter or return to the professional work force
    3% continue their education in a PhD or other post-graduate program
  • Most common industries:
    Consulting, Government and Authorities
  • Cities with most Competition alumni:
    London, Brussels, Madrid, Mexico DF, Barcelona
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    Elisa Greene '21

    Consultant
    Originally fromChile
    Currently living inUnited Kingdom
    The experience has been great. The Master's in Competition and Market Regulation is very specialized and has great professors both practitioners and academics. I learned a lot about the topics that are being discussed in policy right now all over the world and also about the techniques and methodologies that are being used by experts and authorities.
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    Borbala Szathmary

    Borbála Szathmáry '11

    Director of Economics
    Originally fromHungary
    Currently living inUnited Kingdom
    It's a very good and well-regarded program. The knowledge acquired is very relevant for everyday competition work so it is worth investing in getting the most out of the courses; it definitely pays off later.  The quantitative course was particularly helpful in that it covered techniques that are routinely used in competition cases. The curriculum was broad enough to give an overview of a wide range of competition and regulatory matters but also very practical. I still go back to my notes time to time when working on new issues!