Massimo Motta

Massimo Motta

Universitat Pompeu Fabra

Social & Behavioural Sciences

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 on antitrust, mergers and state aid. He was previously professor at Univ. Bologna (2007-2010), European University Institute, Florence (1998-2008) and UPF (1992-1998). 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 (co-authored) book on Exclusionary Practices (Cambridge) was published in January 2018. He is the President of the European Association of Researchers in Industrial Economics.

Research interests

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 E 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, 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 and with A Penta (ICREA-UPF) the features and effects of online advertising auctions.

Selected publications

– Fumagalli C & Motta M 2020, ‘Dynamic Vertical Foreclosure’, Journal of Law and Economics, vol. 63, pp. 763-812.

Motta M & Peitz M 2020, Intervention triggers and underlying theories of harm: Expert Report for the Impact Assessment of a New Competition Tool, European Commission, September.

– Fumagalli C & Motta M 2020, ‘Tying in evolving industries, when future entry cannot be deterred’, International Journal of Industrial Organization, 73; 102567.

Motta M & Peitz M 2020, ‘State Aid Policies in Response to the COVID-19 Shock: Observations and Guiding Principles’, Intereconomics, Volume 55, July/August 2020, Number 4.

Selected research activities

Massimo is the Principal Investigator of a research project on “Plataformas digitales: efectos de sus conductas, e implicaciones de políticas públicas”, sponsored by the programme “Ayudas Fundación BBVA a Equipos de Investigación Científica en Economía y Sociedad Digital 2019” – for a total of 74,930 EUR.