24 Nov 2023

The UK – Researcher Practitioner Network for the Economics of Digitization:

2nd Workshop on Digital Economics: Call for Papers & Save the Date

Date: Friday24 November 2023

Location: Cambridge, Christ’s College

Format: in Person

Deadline for Submission of Papers: 30 June 2023

Local Organizers: Diane Coyle; Rebecca Leam

Confirmed Participants:

Jacques Cremer (TSE), Diane Coyle (U Cambridge), Amelia Fletcher (UEA), Greg Taylor (U Oxford),Tommaso Valletti (Imperial College London), Jonathan Porter (Ofcom) and Mike Walker (CMA).

Background and Objective:

This initiative connects research about the Economics of Digitization to policy and managerial practice. The aim is to create a network that gets UK-based researchers and practitioners to talk to each other, by meeting once a year to do two things: 1.) Present recent research and work in progress about the economics of digitization and 2.) Receive feedback and input from practitioners where they would need more useful answers from the research community.

A group with similar goals in the United States meets twice a year, at the National Bureau of Economic Research. In the UK, there are many researchers interested in Digitization, but a network has been sorely missing. We conceived this group in Spring 2022 and plan to make this an annual event. Currently speakers from several universities (Cambridge, Oxford, Imperial, UEA) and CMA have confirmed their attendance, with forthcoming acceptances from DCMS and Ofcom.

The submission of papers by PhD students and junior scholars is particularly welcome.

Format and Dates:

This year’s workshop is hosted by the Bennett Institute for Public Policy, University of Cambridge, UK; and is sponsored by the Bennett Institute for Public Policy, the Centre for Competition Policy, and the University of East Anglia. The conference will be in-person to provide a unique opportunity for cross-fertilization of ideas between scholars and practitioners in competition policy. It will see the presentation of papers by both academics and economists working in government, as discussants.

Topics of Interest:

Internet and telecommunications | Digital markets and platforms | Artificial intelligence | Cloud computing | Big data | Value of data | Social media | ICT and innovation | ICT, productivity and growth | ICT and the labour market | Digital divide | Intellectual property rights | Standards | Competition policy and regulation of ICT | Economics of privacy | Macroeconomics of Digitalization

Submission and Funding:

Papers should be submitted to the e-mail address specified below by the 11:59 on Friday 30 June 2023 (extended abstracts will be considered, but complete papers are more likely to be accepted). Notification of acceptance will be given by early September 2023. Participants are asked to cover travel and accommodation for themselves. A limited amount of funding is available for PhD students and speakers (upon request) to cover reasonable travel and hotel costs within a certain radius of Cambridge

If you are interested in information or wish to participate without submitting a paper, please register your interest via the below form:

Cambridge University accommodation can be booked at universityrooms.com. General enquiries can be made to CCP@uea.ac.uk

Hoping to see you in Cambridge soon!

Diane Coyle, Bennett Institute for Public Policy, University of Cambridge

Sean Ennis, Norwich Business s.comSchool and Director of the Centre Competition Policy, UEA

Michael Kummer, School of Economics, UEA