Lea Bernhardt is a research associate in the Firms and Markets Department. Her research topics and work areas are empirical industrial economics, competition policy as well as platform and media economics. She received her PhD in Economics from Helmut Schmidt University in Hamburg. Previously, she completed her MSc at the University of St Andrews and her BSc at Johannes Gutenberg University in Mainz. She has also worked for Berenberg Bank in Hamburg and the European Central Bank in Frankfurt am Main.