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Competition Law and Economics track

In the Competition Law and Economics track you specialise in competition economics and regulation that affect day-to-day operations in all industries worldwide. This is 1 of 3 tracks you can opt for in the MSc Business Economics.

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 and 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.​

Work on 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

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

  • European Competition Law

    In this course you will analyse all relevant substantive and procedural aspects of cartel agreements and abuse of dominance. Including the role of the state, public undertakings and the liberalization process. You will also study the whole legal framework of EU concentration control. 

  • Empirical Market Analysis

    What methods can you use to identify the type and intensity of competition in a particular industry? In this course you learn about the different methods and how to apply them. Once you have identified the competition in a market, you will address how the market structure and changes affect the market price. During this course you will become familiar with current empirical techniques and apply these to real data by using Stata.

  • Applied Industrial Organisation

    In competition policy cases, the development of a so-called 'theory of harm' is essential. This theory captures the economic reasoning that underlies the allegation of breaching competition laws. In this course you will learn how to apply economic theory and econometric methods in competition cases on cartels, abuse of dominance, mergers and state aid.

  • Competition Policy

    Competition policy is at the centre stage of day-to-day economic life. Consideration for the likely warnings of competition authorities are therefore an important concern in business strategies. Why and to what extent does society need rules restricting the behaviour of firms in markets? And how do these rules affect our economies?

Real-life case: illegal conspiracies

Agencies get more and more sophisticated in discovering cartels. 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.

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:

  • 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 and Economics track have excellent job prospects for positions as researchers and experts in:

  • multinational corporations and commercial banks
  • specialised top consulting firms
  • European Commission, DG Competition
  • government agencies – Ministries, AAs, Regulators
  • NGOs and international organisations, OECD and United Nations
  • academia

Competition Law and Economics and 2 other tracks

Competition Law and Economics is 1 of 3 tracks you can opt for in our MSc Business Economics. If you are more interested in another field of business economics, read the info on 1 or more of the other tracks.