Dr. Laura Robles
Laura has over four years of competition experience. Her work focuses on quantitative analysis and economic modelling using concepts from industrial organisation and microeconomics to analyse competition and regulatory matters. Before joining ABC economics, Laura worked in the European Competition Team of NERA, including as a project manager, notably of a project related to one of the biggest cartel damage cases in Germany. Laura also gained first-hand experience supporting economic experts before German national courts. In addition, her project experience covers international arbitration and litigation cases where she conducted economic analysis and contributed to the development of economic reports, data packages and expert witness statements. Laura has also contributed to the development of a variety of projects concerning competition and regulatory matters including, but not limited to, information exchange, overcharge and damage quantification and the economic assessment of licensing agreements and cartels. She also conducted an expert analysis on the economic constraints regarding the development of causal medication in neurodegenerative diseases. Laura has analysed competition matters in a wide range of industries including pharmaceuticals, fast-moving consumer goods, consumer goods, payment cards and medical devices.
Laura held a research and teaching position at the Chair of Economic Theory at Saarland University, where she carried out research on state-of-the-art economic theory. She taught microeconomics and game theory at a graduate and undergraduate level and public choice for undergraduates. In addition, she has published in the Journal of Discrete Applied Mathematics and Social Choice and Welfare. Her research focused on the strategic interactions of market agents, and in particular the effect of farsightedness on agents’ decisions. Moreover, she studied how institutions design rules to allocate goods or individuals in two-sided markets. Laura also conducted research on collective choice procedures, such as voting rules. She presented her findings at numerous international conferences such as the Conference on Economic Design held in 2015 in Istanbul, Turkey, the Game Theory World Congress in 2016 held in Maastricht, the Netherlands and the 14th Meeting of the Society for Social Choice and Welfare in 2018 in Seoul, South Corea.
Laura holds a Ph.D. in Economics in the field of microeconomics/ economic theory from Maastricht University where she also worked as a researcher. During her Ph.D., she also benefitted from several research stays at various institutions, including Lund University, Sweden and the Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne, France. Laura also earned a Master degree in Economics, Finance and Philosophy, as well as a Bachelor in Business Administration from Saarland University.
A native German speaker, she is fluent in English and Spanish and has basic knowledge of French.