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Mario Mariniello

Former Research Fellow

Mario Mariniello

Expertise: Competition Policy, Industrial Organization, Microeconomics. CV: Download CV Twitter: @BruegelMario

Mario Mariniello was a Research Fellow at Bruegel from October 2012 to 2015. From 2007 to 2012, Mario was a member of the Chief Economist Team at DG-Competition, European Commission.  He holds a Ph.D. in Industrial Organization from the European University Institute of Fiesole (Florence) and a M.Sc. in Economics from CORIPE (Turin).

During the time he spent at the European Commission, he developed the economic analysis of a number of topical Antitrust and Merger cases such as Qualcomm, oneworld and Star alliances, ebooks, KLM/Martinair, Newscorp/BSkyB, UPM/Myllykoski.  He also participated to the drafting of the new European Guidelines for the application of Art.101 TFEU to Horizontal Cooperation Agreements.

Mario’s work at Bruegel focuses on European competition policy and regulation issues. His columns and policy works are published or quoted in leading international media, such as Wall Street Journal, New York Times, La Tribune, Project Syndicate, Vox, Les Echos, De Standaard and others.

Declaration of interests 2012

Declaration of interests 2013

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Policy Contribution

Addressing fragmentation in EU mobile telecom markets

Addressing fragmentation in EU mobile telecom markets

This Policy Contribution looks at EU mobile telecoms markets and analyses potential concrete measures to improve end-users’ access conditions and address EUmarket fragmentation.

By: Mario Mariniello and Francesco Salemi Topic: Innovation & Competition Policy Date: August 4, 2015
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Policy Contribution

Antitrust, regulatory capture and economic integration

Antitrust, regulatory capture and economic integration

The paper investigates the distortions that national competition authorities generate when they pursue non-competitive goals in favour of domestic firms, and discusses ways to address this negative policy development in a globalised world.

By: Mario Mariniello, Damien Neven and Jorge Padilla Topic: Innovation & Competition Policy Date: July 22, 2015
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Blog Post

Mario Mariniello
Francesco Salemi

Huawei vs ZTE judgement: a welcome decision?

Today the European Court of Justice (ECJ) will rule on a dispute between Chinese tech companies Huawei and ZTE regarding a patent “essential” to the “Long Term Evolution” (LTE) wireless broadband technology standard. 

By: Mario Mariniello and Francesco Salemi Topic: Innovation & Competition Policy Date: July 15, 2015
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Opinion

Mario Mariniello

Digital Single Market: setting the stage

The European Commission's just-released Digital Single Market strategy paper is good news. However, the paper does not spell out how the proposals will be implemented, and thus is of little help in forecasting what will happen next.

By: Mario Mariniello Topic: Innovation & Competition Policy Date: May 8, 2015
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Alessio Terzi
Mario Mariniello
André Sapir

The whys and hows of a single market for Europe

Be it sluggish growth performance, high unemployment or an incomplete monetary union, completing the single market is often offered as a silver bullet to alleviate or solve most of the current problems of the EU. However, seldom is time taken to explain what the underlying mechanics of the single market are and how the latter is supposed to deliver all these positive effects for the EU. 

By: Alessio Terzi, Mario Mariniello and André Sapir Topic: European Macroeconomics & Governance Date: March 23, 2015
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Working Paper

The long road towards the European single market

The long road towards the European single market

This paper argues that identifying and quantifying the channels through which market integration is expected to engender growth is methodologically complex. The authors conclude that the positive impact of single market integration has fallen short of initial expectations.

By: Mario Mariniello, André Sapir and Alessio Terzi Topic: European Macroeconomics & Governance, Innovation & Competition Policy Date: March 16, 2015
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A European approach to corporate tax

The recent ‘tax-sweetener’ state-aid cases against Ireland for its agreements with Apple, Luxembourg with Amazon and Fiat, and the Netherlands with Starbucks have created momentum for those that believe that the European Commission should act to ensure that European countries coordinate their fiscal policies and possibly converge to harmonised corporate tax levels; even Vice President Katainen has recently stressed that a common tax base proposal would help capital union. 

By: Mario Mariniello Topic: Innovation & Competition Policy Date: January 29, 2015
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Mario Mariniello

Europa sollte sich nicht vor ausländischen Übernahmen fürchten

Bruegel-Forscher Mario Mariniello zum wachsenden Protektionismus und der Rolle der EU-Kommission

By: Mario Mariniello Topic: Innovation & Competition Policy Date: December 17, 2014
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Mario Mariniello

Europe should not fear foreign takeovers

Foreign takeovers are often a source of concern for national governments. Concerns might be of a strategic nature (for example over deals in the defence sector) or of a more economic nature. In the latter cases, the public perception is often that, because they are less physically or psychologically attached to the host country, foreign investors could more easily take decisions that harm the host economy, such as downgrading the acquired company’s brand or cutting jobs or research expenditure.

By: Mario Mariniello Topic: Innovation & Competition Policy Date: December 17, 2014
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Policy Brief

Foreign takeovers need clarity from Europe

Foreign takeovers need clarity from Europe

Foreign takeovers are often a source of concern for national governments. The only consideration in merger assessment that matters for the European Commission, is whether the merger will harm consumers. Member states can intervene only in exceptional circumstances.

By: Mario Mariniello Topic: Innovation & Competition Policy Date: December 9, 2014
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Unbundling Google users from Europe

The European Parliament is about to approve a motion calling for the unbundling of Google's services. But the proposal misses the point: will consumers be better off?

By: Mario Mariniello Topic: Innovation & Competition Policy Date: November 27, 2014
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Opinion

Mario Mariniello

Held og lykke, Commissioner Vestager

Tomorrow, new European Commissioner Margrethe Vestager will take control of the Commission’s most powerful tool: the enforcement of European Union competition law.

By: Mario Mariniello Topic: Innovation & Competition Policy Date: October 31, 2014
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