Publications of the Research Unit Digital Economy

  1. Refereed Journal // 2022

    Fostering Participation in Digital contact Tracing

    Digital contact tracing is a promising digital public health intervention to manage epidemics. However, in order to reach its full potential, the technology has to be widely adopted and used. During the…

  2. ZEW Discussion Paper // 2021

    Political Ignorance and the Internet

    We examine the link between Internet usage and political ignorance. We construct a novel Index as a direct measure of individuals’ indifference with respect to political issues which determines the degree of…

  3. ZEW Discussion Paper // 2021

    Climate Protection Potentials of Digitalized Production Processes: Microeconometric Evidence?

    Although information and communication technologies (ICT) consume energy themselves, they are considered to have the potential to reduce overall energy intensity within economic sectors. While previous empirical…

  4. ZEW Discussion Paper // 2021

    Combating Online Hate Speech: The Impact of Legislation on Twitter

    We analyze the impact of the Network Enforcement Act, the first regulation which aims at restraining hate speech on large social media platforms. Using a difference-in- differences framework, we measure the…

  5. ZEW Discussion Paper // 2021

    Transitions From Offline to Online Labor Markets: The Relationship Between Freelancers’ Prior Offline and Online Work Experience

    An emerging stream of research from various disciplines studies online labor market (OLM) platforms as an alternative way of accomplishing work compared to traditional (offline) labor markets. Although prior…

  6. ZEW Discussion Paper // 2021

    Imperfect Information About Consumer Rights: Implications for Efficiency and Distribution

    This paper shows that the provision of consumer rights can decrease welfare when some consumers remain ignorant of these rights. We find that consumers uninformed about a mandated warranty demand excessively…