Dr. Francisco Robles
Francisco has over four years of competition experience. His focus is on quantitative analysis and economic modelling using theoretical techniques to analyse competition in markets. Before joining ABC economics, Francisco worked in the European Competition Team of NERA. His project experience includes international arbitration and litigation cases where he conducted economic analysis and contributed to the development of economic reports and expert witness statements. These contributions included, but were not limited to, exclusionary bundling and rebates, information exchange, damage quantification and the economic assessment of licensing agreements. He also conducted an extensive review of abuse of dominance cases, specifically in excessive pricing cases brought in the last 20 years by the European Commission and EU Member States. Francisco has analysed competition matters in a wide range of industries including pharmaceuticals, consumer goods and medical devices.
Francisco held a position as Visiting Professor at the Department of Economics at University Carlos III of Madrid, where he taught economics and mathematics. In addition, he has published in the Journal of Mathematical Economics and the International Journal of Economic Theory. His research focused on the strategic interactions of market players, as well as on the design of institutions to improve the well-functioning of markets. His research has been presented in numerous international conferences such as the Conference on Economic Design held in Istanbul, Turkey in 2015, the Game Theory World Congress held in Maastricht, the Netherlands and also at the 13th meeting of the Society for Social Choice and Welfare held in Lund, Sweden, both in 2016.
Francisco holds a Ph.D. in Economics (summa cum laude) in the field of microeconomics from University of Barcelona, Spain, where he also worked as researcher. He also benefitted from several research stays at various institutions, including an extensive stay at the prestigious Brown University.
Originally from Mexico, where he earned a B.A. in Economics, Francisco moved to Barcelona in 2009. Two years later, he obtained a Master in Economics in the field of governments and markets.
A native Spanish speaker, he is also fluent in English and has basic knowledge of German.