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Economic Research Advisory Network (ERAN) Member

Name: Simon Roberts

Simon Roberts is a professor of economics and Director of the Centre for Competition, Regulation and Economic Development (CCRED) at the University of Johannesburg.

CCRED is a leading university research center conducting research on regional industrial development and competition issues across southern and eastern Africa. He held the position of Chief Economist and Manager of the Policy and Research Division at the Competition Commission of South Africa from November 2006 to December 2012.

Prior to joining the Competition Commission he was Associate Professor in Economics at the University of the Witwatersrand, where he established and directed the corporate strategy and industrial development research programme examining firm decision-making and economic outcomes. He has undertaken research on a wide range of areas including industrial policy, economic development, competition policy and international trade. This includes research and advisory work with, and for, many organisations across southern and eastern Africa.

In addition, Simon has consulted extensively on competition matters over the past 15 years and has been an expert witness in a number of major cases. Previous positions include lecturer in Development Economics, University of East Anglia, UK; Senior Research Officer, Bank of Botswana; and, lecturer in Economics, University College Cork, Ireland. Simon holds a PhD from University of London (Birkbeck College), MA from University of East Anglia, and BA (Hons) from Oxford University.

He has published widely including in the World Competition, Journal of Competition Law and Economics, Industrial and Corporate Change, Journal of African Economies, Development and Change, Journal of International Development, and the South African Journal of Economics.