Working on perspectives of competition and competition policy Working on perspectives of competition and competition policy

The School of Economics has a long history of research leadership in theoretical and applied industrial economics, competition policy and regulation. The Journal of Industrial Economics first edited from UEA as long ago as the 1980s. 

The Industrial Economics group  is closely aligned with the ESRC Centre for Competition Policy (CCP) which facilitates close collaboration with competition economists located in the Law School and Norwich Business School, as well as researchers in other disciplines working on other perspectives of competition policy within and beyond UEA. Research undertaken at CCP has real-world application and value while retaining its academic rigour.

Our group members maintain on-going advisory/membership links with competition agencies and regulatory bodies including the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA), the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS), the OECD, and the European Commission (EC). Many other organisations have consulted CCP research; these include the Treasury, Which?, Ofwat, Ofcom, Ofgem and MONITOR (Department of Health), amongst many others.

Our research is rooted in competition and regulatory policy, where practice often runs alongside theory. Engagement with practitioners both informs research, and leads to dissemination of results to non-academic audiences. For example, the research on price guarantees, policy evaluation, and anti price discrimination regulations flows directly out of close understanding of the issues facing practitioners. CCP researchers feed research findings into commissioned reports and responses to consultations e.g. contributions to European Commission and UK Competition guidelines on merger control, and on the methodology of allocating resources within the UK Office of Fair Trading.

Our interactions with both public and private sectors range from responding to consultations, invited attendance at ministerial meetings, inviting groups to UEA for "brainstorming" sessions, responding to media interest, and membership of the Centre on Competition in Europe. We have recently hosted visits from senior staff at the BBC, Centre on Regulation in Europe, CMA, FCA, ORR, Yare Valley Water, Consumer Focus, the African Forum for Utility Regulators, and the Competition Commission of South Africa. 

Faculty staff

Farasat Bokhari is a health economist with interest in issues relating to competition, antitrust, and diffusion of technologies in the healthcare sector. He also works in areas of outcomes research, and research methods in healthcare. Farasat has an active research agenda in the economic and policy analysis Attention Deficit/Hyper Activity Disorder (ADHD) and market for psychostimulant drugs. His current research provides valuation of pharmaceutical introductions including those of generics and the so called `me-too' drugs.

Steve Davies' research is primarily in Industrial Organisation, especially Competition Policy. He was an academic advisor to The Office of Fair Trading, and then the Competition and Markets Authority for many yeas. He was a previous General Editor of the Journal of Industrial Economics, and is one of the four founders of the Centre for Competition Policy at UEA. He has written books and articles, and supervised PhD students on many topics within Industrial Organisation. In the last few tears he has researched and published on competition in the UK economy, evaluation of competition policy, deterrence, mergers and cartels.

Yuan Gao is a research associate at the School of Economics. She specializes in networks methodology and data analysis in socio-econiomics. With an inter-disciplinary background, her main research interests are technology innovation, cross-border knowledge diffusion, online business and gig economy. Yuan is now a PhD candidate in Economics and Management Science at School for Advanced Studies Lucca in Italy. She holds a Master’s degree in Industrial Engineering from Purdue University in the U.S., and Bachelor’s degree from Fudan University in China. 

Prof Kai-Uwe Kuhn’s past and current research covers theoretical, empirical, and experimental work in industrial organization. He addresses questions on oligopoly theory, collusion - including the role of communication and information exchange, the economics of coordinated effects in mergers, tools for merger assessment, behaviour in vertically related markets, the analysis of platform markets, the role of financial constraints for market entry and organizational choice, the functioning of electricity markets, and the intersection of environmental economics and competition. As the former Chief Economist of DG Competition (2011 – 2013), Kai-Uwe has a particular interest in research with direct implications for competition and regulatory policy and the assessment of competition cases.

Dr Michael Kummer's research interests include Empirical Industrial Organisation and Applied Econometrics. He joined the School of Economics in July 2018, having previously worked at the Georgia Institute of Technology (“Georgia Tech”) as an Assistant Professor of Economics. Prior to this he was a postdoctoral researcher at the Centre for European Economic Research, in Mannheim Germany. Michael obtained his PhD from the University of Mannheim in 2014.

Franco Mariuzzo's research interests are in Industrial Organization and Competition Policy. He is currently pursuing research on: cartel deterrence, competition between brick-and-mortar and online retailers, causal relationship between merger and innovation, competition and inequality, and platform competition. His admin role in the School is Associate Director of Employability. In 2018 he received the “Research-Led Teaching” award, as part of Student Union Transforming Education Award.

Bruce Lyons is Deputy Director of the Centre for Competition Policy. His research interests include economics of competition policy, European industrial structure and contracts between firms. He was formerly Editor of The Journal of Industrial Economics and Associate Editor of Economica. He is a member of the Economic Advisory Group for Competition Policy at the European Commission, advisor to the Department of Health Cooperation and Competition Panel, and was previously a Member of the UK Competition Commission. He is currently working on the economics of merger remedy agreements, the effects of regulation on bank concentration and competition, and the effect of institutions on the enforcement of competition law.

Research students

Thanh Duc Doan gained his master's degree in Industrial Economics at UEA. His research interest is Industrial Organizations, especially the multisided markets and platforms. He is supervised by Dr Franco Mariuzzo and Prof Steve Davies.


Vicenç Esteve Guasch holds a Bachelor degree in Economics from the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB) and a Master degree in Economic History from the Universitat de Barcelona (UB). He has worked in different business consultancy projects in the Spanish financial sector. In 2016, he came at UEA and completed the MSc in Economics, which bring him to join the PhD programme of the School of Economics and became a CCP member. Vicenç research interests are in the areas of industrial organization and regulatory economics. More specifically, in the economics of privatization and regulation, efficiency and productivity analysis, and the utilities sector. His PhD thesis, supervised by Professor Kai-Uwe Kuhn and Professor Bruce Lyons, focuses on the privatization and regulation of the water industry.

Israel Gottschalk is a former UNESCO consultant to the Secretariat of Regulation and Supervision of Higher Education of the Brazilian Ministry of Education, Israel works in the crossroads of industrial organization economics, competition policy and sector regulation applied to the education sector.

Prachi Hejib is a Research Student in the School of Economics. Before starting her PhD, she studied Behavioural Economics at the University of Nottingham where she developed her interests in experimental economics and individual decision making. In particular, she is interested in how behavioural biases affect individual decision making in complex and uncertain environments; whether firms can use these biases to take advantage of consumers; and how regulators can minimise such negative effects. 

Selvin Thanacoody is a PhD candidate in Economics and a member of the Centre for Competition Policy. His research interest are in the field of Industrial Organisation, Competition and Regulation and Information Economics. His dissertation focuses on the incentive regulation of network industries.

Vasudha Wattal is a PhD Candidate at the School of Economics and a member of the Centre for Competition Policy (CCP), UEA.  Her research interests are in the field of industrial organization, competition economics, and economics of health. Her current dissertation focusses on the economics of competition in the pharmaceutical sector.

Shintaro Ueda is a research student in the School of Economics, whose interest is in the economics of competition policy. Specifically in areas such as economic theory related to abuse of dominant positions.