Annual Conference 2018


Annual Conference 2018

„Digital Economy“


September 2nd – 5th 2018,

Freiburg i. Br.


Core Conference Organisation: 

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

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.


 Call for Papers: 1 February - 1 March, 2018

Paper submission 2018


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 and Susan Athey from Stanford University, are two of the most renowned researchers and designers in the digital economy. Lars-Hendrik Röller will address issues surrounding the digital economy from the perspective of economy policy and will allow an insight into economic policy consultation on this matter.

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