Being DG Comp’s Chief Economist?

EPISODE 38

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There wouldn’t be too many more prized, and pressured, jobs than as Chief Economist at the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Competition, and particularly in recent years when DG Comp has been at the vanguard of developments in antitrust enforcement against Big Tech.

Professor Tommaso Valletti has just completed his three year term as DG Comp’s Chief Economist and has much to share about his experience.  In this episode we canvas what it’s like being in the “Brussels bubble”, working with Margrethe Vestager, why he has called himself “Professor Lipstick”, academic capture by Big Tech, charges of political interference in EU competition law enforcement, what the next chapter for DG Comp is likely to hold and much more.

Tommaso is also well-known for his tweets and you can follow him on Twitter @TomValletti and/or read his academic work here.

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