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Paolo Buccirossi


Paolo Buccirossi is the Director and founder of Lear. Paolo has been working in the field of competition policy since 1994. After five years spent as an economic advisor at the Italian Competition Authority, Paolo set up Lear in 1999. Since then he has advised private clients and public institutions on a wide range of competition issues, including cartels, abuse of dominance, vertical agreements and mergers in a variety of industries, before the European Commission and several national competition authorities. Some of the companies Paolo has assisted include: Shell, ENI, WIND, Bayer, Buena Vista International, Schindler, Granarolo, Procter & Gamble, Carnival Corporation, RTI, Numico, Unilever and Mediaset. Moreover, Paolo has prepared witness statements in private litigation cases and assisted clients during regulatory reviews, mostly in the telecoms and media sectors. Paolo has also cooperated with the Bulgarian and the Lithuanian governments in the implementation of a national competition policy regime and has advised the Dutch and the Czech Competition Authorities on their system of sanctions for breaches of competition law. In addition, he has led several research projects for the European Commission, the OFT, the UK Competition Commission and the Brazilian CADE.

Paolo has published in several academic journals like the Journal of Public Economics, the Journal of Industrial Economics, the Review of Economics and Statistics, and the Journal of Regulatory Economics, and has been the editor of the Handbook of Antitrust Economics (MIT Press). He holds an MSc in Public Economics and a Ph.D. in Economics awarded by the University of Rome La Sapienza. Paolo has been a Visiting Scholar at George Mason University, New York University and Cambridge University. He also teaches Economics of Competition Law at the University of Rome Tor Vergata.

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Paolo Buccirossi


Via di Monserrato, 48
00186, Roma
Phone: +39 06 68 300 530
Email: paolo.buccirossi@learlab.com


  • PhD, Economics, University of Rome La Sapienza
  • MA, Public Economics, FORMEZ – Center for Research and Training for Southern Italy
  • Degree, Political Sciences, LUISS University


  • Alleged excessive pricing in the pharmaceutical industry
    Competition Economics
  • Study on the economic impact of competition policy enforcement on the functioning of telecoms markets in the EU (European Commission – DG competition)
    Policy Assessment