Profile

Robert is a member of Oxera’s Competition team and specialises in econometric modelling. He joined Oxera in January 2014, after gaining an MRes and MSc in Economics from the Universitat Pompeu Fabra (Barcelona Graduate School of Economics). He has worked across a range of areas, including damages quantification and competition policy issues in the transport, energy and financial services industries. During his studies, Robert completed internships at Deutsche Bank (Frankfurt), the German Monopolies Commission (Bonn), and the Centre for European Economic Research (Mannheim).

Selected project experience

  • Merger control analysis for airports, notified to the European Commission (2018)
  • Merger control analysis in the automotive sector (2018)
  • Econometric study for the Passenger Demand Forecasting Council in the UK on the relationship between unplanned disruption and train operator revenue (2017)
  • Damages quantification in relation to a cartel finding by the European Commission regarding elevators and escalators (2017–)
  • Damages quantification in relation to cartel findings by the Bundeskartellamt in the automobile industry (2016–)
  • Assistance to an expert witness on port economics, as part of the public local inquiry in relation to the M4 Corridor around Newport scheme (2016–)
  • Assessment of the future productivity factor Xgen for German energy utilities (2016–17)
  • Efficiency assessment for a large European transport company in a state aid case (2016)
  • Damages quantification in relation to the cathode ray tubes (CRT) cartel finding by the European Commission (2015–)
  • Assessment of the future productivity factor X for a German TSO (transmission system operator) (2015–16)
  • Advice in the context of the European Commission’s investigation into interchange fees (2015–16)
  • Damages quantification for Nationwide Airlines following a finding of abuse of dominance by South African Airways (2015–16)
  • Damages quantification in relation to the sugar cartel finding by the Bundeskartellamt (2014–)
  • Damages quantification in relation to the prestressing steel cartel finding by the European Commission (2014–)
  • Advice to a major UK bank in relation to the CMA retail banking inquiry (2014–15)
  • Advice to a major UK utility in relation to the CMA energy sector inquiry (2014–15)
  • Competition policy analysis for a large European transport company (2014–15)
  • Peer review of submitted econometric analysis for a significant European damages claim in respect of a purchasing cartel (2014)
  • Merger control analysis in the pharmaceutical industry (2014)
  • Policy analysis for the German Insurance Association (2014)

Selected publications

  • Burger, A., Kraus, M. and Lauer, R. (2017), ‘Bestimmung des generellen sektoralen Produktivitätsfaktors für Strom- und Gasnetzbetreiber’, Energiewirtschaftliche Tagesfragen, September, pp. 16–18.
  • Burger, A. and Lauer, R. (2018), ‘Zur Festlegung des generellen sektoralen Produktivitätsfaktors der deutschen Gasnetzbetreiber’, Energiewirtschaftliche Tagesfragen, March, pp. 65–68.

Qualifications

  • MRes Economics, Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Spain
  • MSc Economics, Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Spain
  • BSc Economics, University of Bonn, Germany