Digital Economy Scholars Flock to ZEW for Annual Conference

On 27 and 28 June, 2024, more than 80 researchers gathered at ZEW Mannheim to participate in the 22nd ZEW Conference on the Economics of Information and Communication Technologies, hosted by the ZEW Research Unit "Digital Economy." The conference featured 14 parallel sessions where participants presented their research selected from more than 100 submissions to the conference committee. The presented papers covered the topics of digital literacy, AI, online advertising, social media, pricing in digital, and the economics and regulation of platforms.

The conference committee was particularly happy to welcome Tommaso Valletti (Imperial College London) and Maria Petrova (Universitat Pompeu Fabra) as the keynote lecturers of this year’s edition. In his keynote, Tomaso Valletti elaborated on the political relevance of firms’ lobbying expenditures, focusing on the effect of mergers and acquisitions on lobbying. Maria Petrova discussed how the homophily of peoples’ circles of Facebook friends affects their offline social interaction.

The ZEW Conference on the Economics of Information and Communication Technologies gives theoretical, empirical, and policy-oriented researchers the opportunity to interact with researchers from related fields and engage in discussions within and between sessions to obtain fresh ideas for novel research.