Pier Luigi Parcu is part-time Professor at the European University Institute (EUI) from 2010. Prof, Parcu is currently Director of the Florence Competition Programme in Law & Economics, of the Centre for Media Pluralism and Media Freedom, and of the FSR Communications & Media at the Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies at the EUI. He is also Chairman of a consultancy company specialized in antitrust and regulatory issues of network industries. From 2000 to 2003, he has been CEO of the Independent System Operator running the Italian Electricity Grid (GRTN).
From 1991 to 2000 he was the Director of Investigation at the Italian Competition Authority (AGCM) in charge of several regulated sectors. Previously, he served as Chief Economist at the Italian Security and Exchange Commission (CONSOB) and as Economist at the International Monetary Fund (IMF). He holds a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA). His research in the area of industrial organization and law and economics focuses on the interaction between regulation and antitrust in shaping firms' behaviour in network industries.
As regards research in the media area, Prof. Parcu’s interests focus on the effects of ownership concentration and internal governance of the media enterprise on pluralism and freedom of expression. Finally, among the most recent interests of research and publication, Prof. Parcu is looking at the Internet’s effects on traditional business models and its influence on new economic developments such as the sharing economy and smart cities.