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These prestigious European economists who support Fiona Scott Morton

I’American Fiona Scott Morton has been appointed Chief Economist of the European Commission’s Directorate General for Competition. She should take her first steps in Brussels on 1er september. A controversy around her nationality and her background – she was a consultant for Apple and Microsoft – quickly emerged. Especially in France.

Jean Tirole, Nobel Prize in economics, was the first European economist to support it, according to Politico. He was joined by two other Nobel Laureates, Oliver Hart and Bengt Holmstrom, as well as many other renowned European economists. Point invites you to read their letter of support.

Letter of support to Professor Fiona Scott Morton, appointed as Chief Economist of DG Competition

“As European economists, we are fully committed to a strong European presence in the regulation of digital platforms, and we believe that the appointment of Professor Fiona Scott Morton as Chief Economist of the Directorate-General for Competition of the European Commission will contribute to this presence. We fully agree with the statements made in Politico by Professor Jean Tirole: Scott Morton is one of the world’s leading economists in the field of industrial economics, a major contributor to policy thinking on technology regulation and strongly motivated by public service; the European Commission and, more broadly, we Europeans, are very lucky to have attracted someone of such stature.

Scott Morton has extensive experience, having served both as an expert witness in competition cases and as an antitrust officer in the Obama administration. Over the past five years, she has worked tirelessly to convince US policymakers to modernize the regulation of big tech companies and has contributed significantly to European discussions around DMA (Digital Markets Legislation) and other regulations. . She is undoubtedly a world-class expert on the European regulatory and competitive environment. DG Competition is widely regarded as one of the world’s leading competition policy enforcement agencies. We support its efforts to recruit the best possible employees to serve European citizens, regardless of their nationality. »

The signatories, on July 18, 2023, at 9:30 a.m. (Toulouse time)

Philippe Aghion, College of France
Alberto Banal Estañol, University Pompeu Fabra
Oriana Bandiera, Sir Anthony Atkinson Chair in Economics, London School of Economics
Özlem Bedre-Defolie, ESMT Berlin
Olivier Blanchard, Peterson Institute for International Economics
Luis Cabral, Professor of Economics, Stern School of Business, New York University
Emilio Calvano, University of the studi di Roma – Tor Vergata
Giacomo Calzolari, European University Institute
Estelle Cantillon, Free University of Brussels
Jacques Crémer, Toulouse School of Economics
Alexandre de Corniere, Toulouse School of Economics
Jan De Loecker, KU Leuven and CEPR
Vincenzo Denicolo, Bocconi University
Mathias Dewatripont, Professor of Economics, Solvay Brussels School of Economics and Management, Free University of Brussels)
Tomaso Duso, DIW Berlin & Technische Universität Berlin
Florian Englmaier, LMU Munich
Jordi Gali, CREI and Universitat Pompeu Fabra
Luis Garicano, London School of Economics (from Aug 1st)
Christos Genakos, Cambridge Judge Business School, University of Cambridge
Klaus Gugler, Department of Economics, Vienna University of Economics and Business (WU)

Ernst Fehr, University of Zurich
Dietmar Harhoff, Max Planck Institute for Innovation and Competition
Oliver Hart, Harvard University
Justus Haucap, Duesseldorf Institute for Competition Economics (DICE), University of Düsseldorf
Paul Heidhues, Duesseldorf Institute for Competition Economics (DICE), University of Düsseldorf
Bengt Holmstrom, MIT
Yannis Katsoulacos, Athens University of Economics and Business
Botond Koszegi, Behavior; Inequality Research Institute and University of Bonn
Simon Jäger, IZA and MIT
Bruno Jullien, Toulouse School of Economics
Heiko Karle, Frankfurt School of Finance & Management
Tobias Klein, Tilburg University
Yassine Lefouili, Toulouse School of Economics
Ulrike Malmendier, University of California at Berkeley
Chrysovalantou Milliou, Athens University of Economics and Business
Volker Nocke, University of Mannheim
Martin Peitz, University of Mannheim and MaCCI
Thomas Philippon, Professor of Finance, New York University
Michele Polo, Bocconi University
Jens Prüfer, University of East Anglia and Tilburg University
Markus Reisinger, Frankfurt School of Finance & Management
Patrick Rey, Toulouse School of Economics
Thomas Rønde, is Copenhagen Business School
Klaus Schmidt, University of Munich
Monika Schnitzer, University of Munich
Norbert Schulz, University of Wuerzburg
Nicolas Schutz, University of Mannheim and MaCCI
Paul Seabright, Toulouse School of Economics
Jo Seldeslachts, KU Leuven
Konrad Stahl, University of Mannheim
Rune Stenbacka, Hanken School of Economics and Helsinki GSE
Otto Toivanen, Aalto University and Helsinki GSE
Hannes Ullrich, DIW Berlin and University of Copenhagen
Frank Verboven, KU Leuven
Nikolaos Vettas, Professor, Athens University of Economics and Business
Xavier Vives, IESE Business School

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