Annual Conference 2018


Annual Conference 2018

„Digital Economy“


September 2nd – 5th 2018,

Freiburg i. Br.


 Jahrestagung 2018

 Photo: Niklas Gaus

 Jahrestagung 2018

Photo: Niklas Gaus

Core Conference Organisation: 

Open Meeting Organisation:
Local Organisation:
Axel Ockenfels
(University of Cologne)
Gernot Müller
(University of Tuebingen)   
Lars Feld
(Walter Eucken Institut Freiburg) 


Registration starts 1 May 2018



The Annual Congress of the Verein für Socialpolitik consists of a core conference with invited lectures concerning "Digital Economy" and of an open meeting with mixed topics. Presentations and Organised Sessions for the open meeting may be submitted from all fields of economics.


 The Call for Papers is closed.


The submissions are evaluated by anonymous referees and subsequently selected by the Programme Committee. The decision of acceptance may be expected by May 15th, 2018.


Membership in the Verein of Socialpolitik and acceptance of its code of ethics are reqired for presenting at the annual conference. After acceptance of the submission, applications for membership can be made here.


Accepted contributions will be published in EconStor, the German National Library for Economic Science - Leibniz-Information-Center Economy's online publication database which is a part of the collection of all VfS conference contributions. There will be a statement of agreement during the submission process. Further publication is not intended by the Verein für Socialpolitik.


Programme Committee for contributed papers:

  • Zeno Enders (University of Heidelberg)
  • Florian Englmaier (LMU Munich)
  • Rainer Haselmann (University of Frankfurt)
  • Udo Kreickemeier (TU Dresden)
  • Jürgen Maurer (HEC Lausanne)
  • Dieter Nautz (FU Berlin)
  • Aderonke Osikominu (University of Hohenheim)
  • Nadine Riedel (Ruhr-University of Bochum)
  • Karl Schlag (University of Vienna)
  • Almuth Scholl (University of Konstanz)


Core Conference 2018: Digital Economy


The rapid progress in computer technology has caused a profound change in both economic and labour relations and led to revolutionary data-driven business concepts. This development entails new problems as well as potential opportunities for the economic policy and regulation. The organisation of the digital economy through politics, society and the economy itself represents one of the most urgent and important challenges of our time.


The confirmed keynote speakers, Google chief economist Hal Varian,  Susan Athey from Stanford University and David Parkes from Harvard University, are three of the most renowned researchers and designers in the digital economy. Additionally, we will have a panel on shaping the digital economy, where we expect Federal Minister for Economic Affairs and Energy Peter AltmaierHeike Schweitzer from the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Peter Cramton from the University of Cologne and Google's Hal Varian



conference homepage 2018


  Prices for the participation:

VfS members*149,00 €
VfS members (reduced fee)*89,00 €
non-members (externals)375,00 €
students (without exam)40,00 €
VfS new members234,00 €
VfS new members (reduced fee)136,00 €


* VfS member before 01/05/2018

VfS new members participating at this conference don't pay an extra fee for the membership in 2018

Programme overview (15.05.2018)