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JOÃO GATA

Degree in Economics from the Catholic University of Portugal (Lisbon) in 1981. Doctorate in Economics from the University of Minnesota, USA, equivalenced to the degree of Doctor in the field of Economics, specialisation in Quantative Methods by the New University of Lisbon.  He taught in the Department of Economics and the Hubert H. Humphrey Institute for Public Affairs at the University of Minnesota, at the Department of Economics at the University of York, United Kingdom, the Instituto Superior de Gestão in Lisbon and has been Professor of Economics at the University of Aveiro since 2001. He has taught various Economics subjects at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels. He worked as a senior economist at the Department of Mergers of the Competition Authority (Departamento de Operações de Concentração da Autoridade da Concorrência) between January 2004 and March 2006 and, since August 2007, has been the Chief Economist at the Competition Authority. Between March 2006 and August 2007 he was Director-General of the Department of Forecasting and Planning and International Relations (DPP) of the Ministry of the Environment, Spatial Planning and Regional Development (MAOTDR).

Current research areas: Competition and regulation economics, strategic behaviour in Economic policy, institutional Economics and industrial organization.

Head Economist of the Competition Authority

CURRICULUM

Degree in Economics from the Catholic University of Portugal (Lisbon) in 1981, where he was a Junior Lecturer from 1981 to 1983, also attending during this period the Masters Program in Economics, at the New University of Lisbon. He has a Doctorate in Economics from the University of Minnesota, USA, equivalenced to the degree of Doctor in the field of Economics, specialisation in Quantative Methods, by the New University of Lisbon. During his PhD studies he taught at the Economics Department and the Hubert H. Humphrey Institute for Public Affairs at the University of Minnesota. He was then a Lecturer in Economics at York University in the UK between 1994 and 1997. He was director of the Economics Department at the Instituto Superior de Gestão between 1997 and 2001, ran the Degree in Economics and was Vice-Chairman of the Management Board of the DEGEI/University of Aveiro, between 2001 and 2002, and the coordinator of the Master’s in Business Economics (MEE) at the University of Aveiro between 2002 and 2003. He has taught various Economic courses both at the undergraduate and postgraduate levels. He worked as a senior Economist at the Department of Mergers of the Competition Authority (Departamento de Operações de Concentração da Autoridade da Concorrência) between January 2004 and March 2006 and, since August 2007, has been the Chief Economist at the Competition Authority. Between March 2006 and August 2007 he was the Director-General of the Department of Forecasting and Planning and International Relations (DPP) of MAOTDR. He has presented academic papers at various national and international conferences and seminars. He has published various articles in foreign specialised journals (such as Public Choice and Defense and Peace Economics) and in national publications (Competition Authority, National Institute of Administration, ISEG/Technical University of Lisbon), on decision theory, applications of game theory and political Economics, competition policy, and institutional Economics. He has supervised Master's theses, both on the M.Sc. course at York University and at the University of Aveiro, and participated in various Masters and PhD panels at the University of Aveiro and ISEG/Technical University of Lisbon. He has been a member of the Portuguese Society for Research in Economics (SPIE), and a member of the Research Unit on Complexity in Economics (UECE) of ISEG/Technical University of Lisbon, since 1999. He has been a full member of the Portuguese Economics Council since 2000. He was a Fulbright Program Scholarship holder from 1983 to 1990. Current areas of research: Competition and regulation, strategic behaviour in Economic policy, institutional Economics and industrial organization.

PUBLICATIONS

  • Brito, D. & Gata, J. (2007): “Merger stability in a three firm game,” submitted for (peer reviewed) publication to the International Journal of the Economics of Business.
  • Gata, J., Lopes, J. et al. (2005): “A Comparative Overview of the Progress Achieved to Date in the Construction of an EU Internal Energy Market,” Competition Authority Report (Autoridade da Concorrência), Lisbon.
  • Gata, J. (2005): “A Short Note on Merger Control in the Energy Sector,” in Bongardt, A. (Ed.) Competition Policy in the European Union: Experiences and Challenges Ahead, National Institute of Administration (Instituto Nacional de Administração), Lisbon.
  • Banerjee, S. & Gata, J. (2004): "Environmental Regulation and Technological Innovation with Spillovers," WP no. 16/2004/DE/UECE – ISEG/Technical University of Lisbon.
  • Gata, J. & Brito, D. (2002): “Mergers in the Presence of Economies of Scope: A Study on Coalition Formation,” WP no. 8/2002/DE/UECE – ISEG/Technical University of Lisbon.
  • Garoupa, N. & Gata, J. (2002): "A Theory of International Conflict Management and Sanctioning," Public Choice, vol. 110, pp. 41-65.
  • Garoupa, N. & Gata, J. (2001): "War and Peace: The European Decolonization Process," WP no. 2/2001/DE/UECE – ISEG/Technical University of Lisbon (new version submitted for publication in the Scandinavian Journal of Economics).
  • Garoupa, N. & Gata, J. (1999): "An Evolutionary Game Theoretical Approach to the Theory of International Regimes," Defence and Peace Economics, vol. 10, pp. 225-246.
  • Gata, J. (1999): "Infinite Regress and Undecidability in Strategic Decision Making," in F. Louçã (Ed.) Perspectives on Complexity in Economics, pp. 47-64. Lisbon: UECE – ISEG/Technical University of Lisbon.
  • Feinberg S., Gata, J., & Marcus, A. (1996): "Environmental Regulation, Market  Forces, and New Product Development," University of York/DERS Discussion Paper No. 96/30.
  • Gata, J. (1995): "Repeated Random Matching Games under Restricted Information. Part I: Equilibria," University of York/DERS Discussion Paper No. 95/19.
  • Gata, J. (1995): "Infinite Regress in Strategic Decision Making: An Application of Rice's Theorem," University of York/DERS Discussion Paper No. 95/38.

OTHER WORKS:

  • Bongardt, A: & Gata, J. (2008): “The Political Economy of EU Competition Policy”, mimeo.
  • Brito, D. & Gata, J. (2005): “Merger stability in a three firm game,” mimeo, Competition Authority (Autoridade da Concorrência).
  • Azevedo, J. P. & Gata, J. (2004): “Concentrações em Mercados Energéticos: Princípios Básicos e o Caso Português” (Mergers in Energy Markets: Basic Principles and the Portuguese Case), mimeo, Competition Authority (Autoridade da Concorrência).
  • Gata, J. (1997): "The Computational Complexity of a Lexicographic Preordering," mimeo, University of York.

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