João Gata is the head of the Portuguese Competition Authority’s (PCA) Bureau of Economic Studies and Market Monitoring, a position he has held since August 2008, and has been the PCA’s Chief-Economist since 2007.
Before that he worked as a senior economist in the PCA’s mergers and acquisitions (M&A) department, where he was responsible, within different working teams, for the economic analysis of several M&A operations.
He also served as director-general in the Portuguese Ministry for Environmental Affairs between 2006 and 2007. He has been an economics faculty member at the University of Aveiro in Portugal since 2001. He holds an undergraduate degree in economics from the Portuguese Catholic University in Lisbon and a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Minnesota/USA. He has taught economics courses at several universities such as the University of Minnesota (before 1994), the University of York in the UK (where he was an economics lecturer between 1994 and 1997) and at different universities in Portugal.
He currently teaches masters courses in competition economics and in economic regulation. João E. Gata was born in Hong-Kong and currently lives in Lisbon.