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Thought Leaders - Competition - Economists 2021
WWL Ranking: Thought Leader

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Competition - Economists 2021

Professional Biography

WWL Ranking: Recommended

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"Patrick is a well-known competition economist"
"He has held key positions on competition policy, and has significant consulting experience on competition issues"
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Biography

I am a professor of economics at the Université libre de Bruxelles, the managing editor of the Journal of Industrial Economics and a Senior Academic Affiliate at Positive Competition. I am a specialist in industrial economics, the theory of contracts and organizations and have taught these topics at other universities (Cornell, Erasmus University, Northeastern University, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology). I have published in some of the best journals in economics (American Economic Review, Econometrica, Quarterly Journal of Economics, The Review of Economic Studies, Journal of the European Economic Association, the Rand Journal of Economics).

My main research analyzes the integration decisions or the choice of contracts of companies, both in perfectly competitive or oligopolistic environments. These questions are especially relevant when the transactions between the parties are subject to incompleteness (it is not possible to specify all the possible contingencies in a contract), or to situations of moral hazard or asymmetric information. My research has been funded, in particular, by the European Research Council and the Fonds National de la Recherche Scientifique.

Parallel to my academic activity, I served as a member of the European Advisory Group on Competition Policy of the European Commission and I served as an expert for the European Investment Bank and for the European Commission (risk shifting in public private partnerships; evolution of scientific publication markets in Europe; deregulation of the postal industry; damages). I have been a consultant on a variety of cases for private firms (joint ventures and mergers in telecoms; price discrimination; arbitration; financial platforms; contracts in supplier-producer relationships.)

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