Economics plays a central role in policy, business, and competition regulation—not to mention debates on issues ranging from intellectual property to network neutrality. It’s important to understand how technology shapes economic life, and to study the economic and social implications of new market structures and business models. Economic analysis can be used as a methodological toolset for rigorous thinking about important social issues, with strong positive and normative policy statements emerging naturally from this foundation.
Vili Lehdonvirta on the governance of distributed ledger technologies
New Report: Data Financing for Global Good - A Feasibility Study
Vili Lehdonvirta on measuring the growth of new online labour markets
Video playlist: Markets & Labour
Increasingly standard employment is supplemented and substituted by temporary gig work mediated by online platforms. In a series of talks, we examine the transformation of Labour markets.
What does innovation literature predict about the organizational challenges of adopting online freelancing platforms – and how to address them? TeroVesalainen/pixabai. (CCO) Digital technologies...
What challenges do organizations face when adopting online freelancing platforms as part of their business models? annawaldl/pixabay. (CCO) Digital technologies have enabled the rise of...
To understand the future of work we need to explore the diversity of platforms and how they are used in the modern economy. Widjaya...
Internet users will make up the majority of the planet’s population before the end of this year. Most of this digital growth is coming...
shutterstock.com Platforms like eBay, Uber, Airbnb, and Freelancer are thriving, growing the digital economy and disrupting existing business. The question is how to ensure...
As ever more policy-makers, governments and organisations turn to the gig economy and digital labour as an economic development strategy to bring jobs to...
The geography of published and codified knowledge has always had stark core-periphery patterns. Just look at the below map of where academic articles are...
The iLabour project is premised on the idea that a fundamental change is taking place in labour markets. It seeks to understand the social and policy implications of this momentous shift.
Amir’s research focus is on the political economy of neoliberal globalisation in the Global South, mainly in India and Africa, with a particular interest on the growth of knowledge economy in Sub-Saharan Africa and its developmental impacts.
Gretta is an organization scientist who studies the platform economy and the transformation of work and organizations.
Nicolas studies digital entrepreneurship and collaborative innovation in challenging environments, such as low-income and post-conflict countries in Africa.
Mark Graham's research focuses on Internet and information geographies, and the overlaps between ICTs and economic development.
Otto Kässi is a labour economist with a background in econometrics. His research concentrates on empirical study of online labour markets.
Vili is an economic sociologist who studies the design and socioeconomic implications of digital marketplaces and platforms, using conventional social research methods as well as novel data science approaches. His particular areas of expertise are virtual economies and online work.
Greg's research focuses on the microeconomics of marketplaces that exist on, or are mediated by the Internet.
Economics is a really general purpose, flexible and rigorous set of tools for thinking about behaviour: why people behave the way they do, and what are the origins of that behaviour in the environment they find themselves in. Our MSc courses offer an introduction to the economics of the Internet and to economics as a tool for social research more generally, as well as to the debates and practices surrounding ICT uses in the Global South and Global North.
This course will teach students how to apply basic social science theory towards analysing the impact of digital technologies on economic organization.
Introducing the debates and practices surrounding ICT uses in the Global South and Global North, drawing on Anthropology, Development Studies, Economics, Geography and History to examine the theoretical and conceptual frameworks that underpin development.