Chiara Fumagalli is Associate Professor of Economics at Bocconi University since 2006. Since 2013 she is the Avv. Giovanni Agnelli endowed Associate Professor in Economics.
Prof. Fumagalli is an applied micro-economist, whose research covers the fields of industrial organization, corporate finance and international trade. Her research in these areas has been published in leading academic journals, such as the American Economic Review, the Journal of Financial Economics and the Rand Journal of Economics. (See here her Google scholar citations)
Much of her recent work has been concerned with competition policy and the activity of diversified business groups.
The work of Prof. Fumagalli in competition policy is mainly focused on the economics of exclusionary practices. More particularly, she has studied the potential anti- and pro-competitive effects of exclusive dealing contracts and the scope for predatory pricing, while she is currently working on bundled rebates and vertical integration. Also, she is working at a book 'Monopolization: A Theory of Exclusionary Practices' (with M. Motta and C. Calcagno) in preparation for Cambridge University Press. The purpose of the book is to develop a general analytical framework, which encompasses and extends established as well as recent theories, and to identify clear and workable criteria that can guide antitrust agencies deal with exclusionary practices. The book will also review the key case-law (at least in the EU and the US) and will discuss some interesting anti-trust cases more in detail. Since January 2014, Chiara Fumagalli has been nominated by the European Commissioner member of the Economic Advisory Group on Competition Policy (EAGCP).
Concerning business groups, Prof. Fumagalli has studied - both from the theoretical and the empirical perspective - the interaction between the activity of Internal Capital Markets and the competitive behaviour of affiliated firms. She will continue investigating the distinct features of group-affiliated firms and the different way they react to shocks as compared to stand-alone firms as well as multi-segment firms. In this respect, particular attention will be given to the interaction between internal capital markets and internal labor markets in business groups. This analysis represents a preliminary step to tackle more fundamental questions, such as what are the determinants of group formation and diversification and what explains the evolution of groups in different institutional environments. This research project, joint with G. Cestone, F. Kramarz and G. Pica, is the recipient of one of the AXA Grants-2012 Campaign.
Prof. Fumagalli is member of the Steering Committee of the Association of Competition Economics (ACE), she is Research Fellow of CEPR, Baffi Center, IGIER and CSEF (Università di Napoli) . She is also member of the Economic Policy Discussion Panel.
She earned her Laurea degree in Economics at Bocconi University in 1994 and her PhD in Economics at Universitat Pompeu Fabra (Barcelona) in 2000.