LCF Award

As part of Lear Competition Festival, Lear has instituted a Young Talent Competition Award (YTCA) for young economists and lawyers in the field of antitrust and regulation who wish to pursue a professional or academic career in the field of competition law and economics, policy assessment and regulation.

The proposal for research can deal with any topics related to:

  • Competition law
  • Competition economics
  • Public policy assessment
  • Regulation (in any sector)

The winner will be awarded a prize of € 2,000 and, together with the economists/lawyers ranked as second and third, will present their proposal at the Lear Competition Festival.

Below you find the rules to participate and further details on the award.


The Scientific Committee will prepare a ranking of the three best proposals. The Scientific Committee includes the following four outstanding academics and practitioners:

Michele Carpagnano

Michele Carpagnano

Dentons Rome, Professor of Trento University, Faculty of Law

Joseph Harrington

Joseph Harrington

Professor, Department of Business Economics & Public Policy, The Wharton School University of Pennsylvania

William Kovacic

William E. Kovacic

Professor of Global Competition Law and Policy at George Washington University

Tommaso Valletti

Tommaso Valletti

Professor of Economics at Imperial College Business School


Participation to the Young Talent Competition Award (YTCA) is open to post-graduate students and PhD students who wish to pursue a professional carrier in the field of competition law and economics, policy assessment and regulation. Both economists and lawyers can participate.

Participation is subjected to prior free registration at the Lear Competition Festival

The proposals for research should be submitted in PDF to

The deadline for the submission of the proposal is May 15, 2021. Please note that the proposals received after this date will not be considered.

Download the rules of participation