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) 


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 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.

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 members 234,00 €
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)

Sunday, 2.9. Monday, 3.9. Tuesday, 4.9. Wednesday, 5.9.

13:00 bis 18:30

09:00 Open conference
            Block A

09:00 Open conference
            Block C
09:00 RatSWD Panel
09:00 Open conference
            Block F
  11:30 Keynote 1
           Hal Varian
11:00 Open conference
            Block D
11:00 Econwatch Panel*
11:00 Open conference
            Block G

12:30 DIW Reception*
12:30 Women's Networking*

12:30 Core conference Panel  
  13:45 Keynote 2
           Lars-Hendrik Röller
13:34 Keynote 3
           Susan Athey
13:34 Keynote 4
            David Parkes
16:00 VfS
            general meeting*
15:00 Open conference
            Block B
15:00 Central banks Panel*
15:00 Open conference
            Block E
15:00 VfS Panel*
15:00 ARGE Panel*


17:00 Thünen Lecture*   16:15 closing words

19:00 ZBW Get-together*
            Selten Award

19:00 Bundesbank Reception*
            Menger Award

* event held in German

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