Özlem Bedre Defolie

Professor of Economics, Joint Chair, European University Institute

Özlem Bedre Defolie is Professor of Economics at the European University Institute holding a Joint Chair in Microeconomics at the Robert Schuman Centre and the Department of Economics. She is on leave from ESMT Berlin. She is a Research Fellow at the Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR) and at the Mannheim Centre for Competition and Innovation (MaCCI). In addition, she serves as Associate Professor II (part-time position) at the University of Bergen and Bergen Center for Competition Law and Economics (BECCLE) since August 2021. She is an Associate Editor at the RAND Journal of Economics, co-editor at the International Journal of Industrial Organization and a Director at the European Association for Research in Industrial Economics. Her research areas are applied microeconomic theory and industrial organisation, with a focus on antitrust and regulation questions related to economics of multi-sided platforms, digital markets, multiproduct firms, and vertical contracts.

Özlem has been awarded the European Research Council (ERC) Starting Grant (2020-2025) “Digital Platforms: Pricing, Variety, and Quality Provision”. She is also a Principal Investigator of the DFG (German Science Foundation) project entitled “Consumer Behavior and Search on Platforms” under research unit “Consumer Preferences, Consumer Mistakes, and Firms’ Response” (September 2023 – September 2027).