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Georgios Petropoulos

Research Fellow

Expertise: industrial organization, competition policy, corporate finance, economic growth

Georgios Petropoulos joined Bruegel as a visiting fellow in November 2015, and he has been a resident fellow since April 2016. He is a Greek citizen and his research is specialized in industrial organization, competition policy, corporate finance and economic growth.  His work at Bruegel focuses on the digital economy, the market definition in the digital era, the economic value of big data and the generated privacy concerns, and the welfare implications of the emergence of the sharing economy.

Georgios has extensive research experience from holding visiting positions at the European Central Bank in Frankfurt, Banque de France in Paris and the research department of Hewlett-Packard in Palo Alto. He has participated in the International Business Competition Program of Deloitte-New York being a member of the team came in first place. For the academic year 2014-2015, he was awarded the prize for being the best teaching assistant of the Master's 2 program of the University of Toulouse. He has participated as a speaker in many academic international conferences and workshops. He has some economic consulting experience from spending a summer at Compass Lexecon in Madrid.

In the past, he received research grants from Netspar and TILEC, Tilburg University and by the French Ministry of Education. He is the founder and first editor-in-chief of the TSEconomist student magazine and co-founder of the TSEconomist student association.

Declaration of interests 2016

Declaration of interests 2017

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Blog Post

Robots, ICT and EU employment

Disruptive technologies based on ICT, robots, and artificial intelligence have transformed labour markets through their important effects on employment. As the number of industrial robots continues to rise, our results imply that some measures to facilitate workforce transition and accommodate the rise of automation might be needed to maintain satisfactory labour market outcomes.

By: David Pichler, Georgios Petropoulos and Francesco Chiacchio Topic: Innovation & Competition Policy Date: June 15, 2018
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How e-commerce reshapes markets and firms’ strategies

The development of e-commerce has affected both demand and supply fundamentals of markets, changing the way competition works. In the effort to develop a frictionless and welfare maximizing digital single market across the EU, it is necessary to carefully review the disruptive forces on e-commerce on markets and firms’ strategies.

By: Georgios Petropoulos Topic: Innovation & Competition Policy Date: May 7, 2018
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Working Paper

The impact of industrial robots on EU employment and wages: A local labour market approach

In theory, robots can directly displace workers from performing specific tasks (displacement effect). But they can also expand labour demand through the efficiencies they bring to industrial production (productivity effect). This working paper adopts the local labour market equilibrium approach developed by Acemoglu and Restrepo to assess which effects dominate and the impact of robots on wage growth and employment rate in Europe.

By: Francesco Chiacchio, Georgios Petropoulos and David Pichler Topic: Innovation & Competition Policy Date: April 18, 2018
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External Publication

Collaborative Economy: Market Design and Basic Regulatory Principles

Despite the efficiencies and benefits associated with the collaborative economy, there are concerns about how it can be properly regulated. The difference in regulatory regimes for online and offline services can lead in some cases to situations of unfair market competition.

By: Georgios Petropoulos Topic: Innovation & Competition Policy Date: April 16, 2018
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State aid and tax rulings: Clarifying the European Commission's approach

State aid is considered illegal under EU law. However, more clarity over the main characteristics of tax measures that can constitute state aid is needed when we look at the way the European Commission is dealing with specific cases.

By: Georgios Petropoulos Topic: Innovation & Competition Policy Date: April 12, 2018
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The growing presence of robots in EU industries

While it is always tempting to try to predict future patterns in the automation of European industries, it is also insightful to assess key dimensions of their robotisation so far, starting from the pre-AI era. This article presents evidence on the use of industrial robots by European industries from 1993 and onwards.

By: Georgios Petropoulos Topic: Innovation & Competition Policy Date: December 20, 2017
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