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Master Business Economics

Track: Competition Law & Economics

In the Competition Law & Economics track you specialise in competition economics and regulation that affect day-to-day operations in all industries worldwide.

Help organisations be successful in regulated competitive markets

Competition is one of the prime organising principles of a market economy. Laws protect its processes, and international institutions enforce these laws when competition comes under threat.

In the Competition Law & Economics track you learn to understand the intricacies of competition and the regulations that govern it.

A track for future business leaders and policy makers that would enjoy working in and with competitive markets.​

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Challenging EU economics and law cases

Apart from economic theory, econometrics, basic law and jurisprudence, a key part of the curriculum focusses on applied law and economics. Therefore you will work on complex cases of competition policy, in particular of the European Commission.

Track-specific courses

  • Markets & Organisations or Advanced Industrial Organisation
  • European Competition Law
  • Empirical Market Analysis
  • Competition Policy
  • Applied Industrial Organisation

Courses in law will be taught at the Faculty of Law, which gives you opportunity to interact with another discipline.

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Real-live case: illigal conspiracies

Firms are tempted to discuss prices with their competitors when they really shouldn’t. Once found out, the companies involved in these illegal conspiracies to restrict competition face large liabilities in fines and antitrust damages.

The agencies' toolboxes for discovery of cartels are getting more and more sophisticated. But so are modern cartels in their ways of hiding their collaboration. We study novel species of cartels, abuses of dominance, how to recognise them and the harm they do to welfare, in order to bring them under control.

Learn how to recognise novel species of cartels, and the harm they do to welfare. So you can help bring them under control.

Up-to-date  issues

This Master’s track will motivate you to research topical matters for your thesis. Our students have graduated with some of the following thesis topics:

  • Booking.com: monopolization by best-price-guarantee
  • CRA Competition increases credit ratings: Empirical evidence from structured finance in the US.
  • Umbrella damages and the passing-on defence in cartel damages claims
  • Competition in Malaysian Islamic banking

Career prospects

Graduates of the Master's programme in Business Economics/Competition Law & Economics track have excellent job prospects for positions as researchers and experts in:

  • Multinational corporations and commercial banks
  • Specialized top consulting firms
  • European Commission, DG Competition
  • Government agencies – Ministries, AAs, Regulators
  • NGO’s and international organizations, OECD and United Nations
  • Academia

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