On 03 March 2022 Greg Crawford, Professor of Economics at the University of Zurich, will step down as Director and Chair of the Steering Committee of CEPR’s Research and Policy Network (RPN) on Competition Policy. Tommaso Valletti will replace Greg as Director of the RPN, and Rod Sims will become the new Chair of the Steering Committee. Greg, who co-founded the RPN in June 2021 with Cristina Caffarra, will move into a new role, joining Cristina as Vice-Chair(s) of the Steering Committee, with Tomaso Duso and Monika Schnitzer remaining as members. A full list of RPN members can be found here.
CEPR would like to thank Greg for his expert leadership and extensive contributions during his tenure. CEPR is also delighted to welcome Tommaso and Rod into new leadership roles, where their extensive experience in competition policy issues will undoubtedly help guide the network as it navigates and contributes to an increasingly prominent area of global research and debate. Speaking on his recent appointment, Tommaso said:
"Research in competition policy has never been more relevant. I am thrilled to work with this terrific network to promote useful policymaking and engage top-notch researchers with pressing questions for our society."
Tommaso Valletti has a long affiliation with CEPR, stretching back over two decades. He is currently a Research Fellow in CEPR's Organizational Economics (OE) and Industrial Organization (IO) programmes. He is Professor of Economics at Imperial College Business School, and at the University of Rome Tor Vergata. He has previously taught at the London School of Economics, Telecom ParisTech/Ecole Polytechnique, and Turin. Between September 2016 and August 2019, he served as the Chief Competition Economist of the European Commission's Directorate General for Competition (DG COMP) in Brussels. Tommaso's main research interests are in industrial economics, regulation, and competition economics. You can find details of some of Tommaso's CEPR contributions here, and VoxEU columns here.
Rod Sims is Chair of the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC), Australia’s competition law enforcer, consumer law champion and regulator of particular infrastructure sectors. Rod has vast experience across a wide variety of organisations in both the private and public sectors, including Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal of NSW, the National Competition Council, Port Jackson Partners Limited, and as Chair of the NSW State Rail Authority. He was also the Economic Advisor to Australian Prime Minister, Bob Hawke.
The CEPR Competition Policy RPN aims to become a leading platform for the critical discussion of competition policy design and outcomes. This is particularly important in an adversarial context such as competition enforcement, where parties with “skin in the game” seek to shape the public debate by sponsoring research favourable to their point of view. The RPN seeks to create a network of academics and enforcers to evaluate both influential decisions and academic research, and to generate practical guidance to promote better policymaking as well as more policy-relevant academic research. Transparency in these discussions is important, and the RPN has a strict disclosure policy for all participants in RPN events. Read more about the Competition Policy RPN here.