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Imperial College London

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Visiting Professor, Imperial College Business School
London, England

Experience & Areas of Interest:

Martin Cave is a regulatory  economist specialising in competition law and in the network industries, including  airports, broadcasting, energy, posts, railways, telecommunications and water. He has published extensively in these fields, and has held professorial positions at Warwick Business School, University of Warwick, UK, and the Department of Economics, Brunel University, UK.
In 2010/11, Martin held the BP Centennial Chair at the London School of Economics, based in the Department of Law. He is now Visiting Professor at Imperial College Business School.
He is a Deputy Chair of the Competition Commission from January 2012.
His contributions to competition and regulatory economics cover a variety of topics, including particularly the role of unbundling in network industries (and of the ‘ladder of investment’), policy towards the separation of utilities,  and the use of market methods in application to the allocation of inputs to firms, especially spectrum and water abstraction rights, and the application of competition law.

He has provided expert advice to governments, competition authorities, regulators and firms around the world, focussing particularly upon the communications industries. This work has included reviews of spectrum policies for the Governments of Australia, Canada and the UK; advice on market analysis and access remedies to a large number of regulators in Asia, Australia, Europe and Latin America, including the European Commission. He has provided advice and expert testimony in competition and sector-specific regulatory proceedings to a number of major international firms in Asia, Australasia and Europe.

He has also advised UK ministers on matters relating to the water sector, housing, legal services and airports, and advised regulators in the railway and energy sectors.

He was a member of the UK Competition Commission from 1996 to 2002 and a member of the UK Payments Council from 2006 to 2011. He was a founder member of the Academic Advisory Committee of the Brussels-based think tank, the Centre for Regulation in Europe ( ).

In 2009 he was awarded the OBE for public service.


  • BA, First Class, Philosophy, Politics and Economics, Balliol College, University of Oxford

  • BPhil in Economics, Nuffield College, University of Oxford 

  • DPhil, Nuffield College, University of Oxford 

Net Neutrality: an E.U./U.S. Comparison
Engineering Competition Through Spectrum Policy: Previous Approaches and Why 5G Needs Change
Coordinating Policies To Realize Benefits From The Digital Economy: The Case Of Mexico
Tendencias en Competencia: ¿Qué clase de regulación busca México para la Neutralidad de la Red?
What kind of Net Neutrality Regulation Does Mexico Want?
On the Relationship Between Media Plurality Legislation and Competition Law
Injecting Competition in Broadcasting through MCMO Regulations: Some Recommendations for Mexico
Regional Competition Center for Latin America presents: Sector study on telecommunications