Massimo Motta (BSc Bocconi, Milan, 1987; PhD Louvain, 1991) is Research Professor at ICREA, Universitat Pompeu Fabra (UPF) and Barcelona GSE. He was Chief Economist at the European Commission in 2013-2016, where he coordinated the EC's economic analysis and advised the Competition Commissioner on antitrust, merger and state aid. He was previously professor at Univ. Bologna (2007-2010), European University Institute, Florence (1998-2008) and UPF (1992-1998). He is Research Fellow of CEPR, of CESifo, and a Fellow of the European Economic Association. His research is on industrial organization and has been published in the top international journals. Massimo's book on Competition Policy: Theory and Practice (Cambridge, 2004) is the standard reference on antitrust. His new (co-authored) book on Exclusionary Practices (Cambridge) was published in January 2018.
Massimo has been working on a number of issues related to the welfare effects of business practices. In particular, he has been studying exclusionary practices – such as predation, rebates, exclusive contracts, tying, refusal to deal – that dominant firms may adopt to exclude rivals from the market; and the effects of mergers and acquisitions. Both sets of issues are very important in today’s digital economies, and his current research focuses on the conduct of the big digital platforms: with C Fumagalli and C Tarantino (respectively at Bocconi Univ. and at LUISS, Rome) he studies the acquisition of start-ups by big firms, with M Peitz (Mannheim) the policy aspects of “big tech mergers” in general, and with S Shelegia (UPF) large firms’ decisions not to allow access to their platforms, or to imitate products and applications of complementors, to prevent the possibility of being challenged by them.
– Motta M 2019, “Challenges for EU Merger Control”, Concurrences, 2: 44-49.
– Hansen S & Motta M 2019 ‘Vertical Exclusion with Downstream Risk Aversion or Limited Liability’, Journal of Industrial Economics, vol 67, Issue 3-4, pp. 409-447.
Selected research activities
Massimo Motta was elected President of the European Association of Researchers in Industrial Economics (EARIE) in September 2019.
He received the XI “Premi Societat Catalana d’Economia” for the book “Exclusionary Practices. The Economics of Monopolisation and Abuse of Dominance” in October 2019.