Prof. Dr. Irene Bertschek
Prof. Dr. Irene BertschekDigital Economy
Irene Bertschek is head of the ZEW Research Unit “Digital Economy” and professor of economics of digitalisation at Justus Liebig University Giessen. In May 2019, she was appointed as a member of the Commission of Experts for Research and Innovation (EFI), advising the Federal German government. In July 2022 she was appointed to the Future Council by Chancellor Olaf Scholz.
Irene Bertschek studied economics at the University of Mannheim and at the Université catholique de Louvain, Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium, focusing on industrial economics and econometrics. She attended the European Doctoral Program and obtained a doctoral degree in economics from the Université catholique de Louvain. In her research, she investigates how digitalisation changes economic processes and how it affects firms’ labour productivity and innovation activity. Her methodological expertise lies in the field of microeconometrics and the analysis of firm-level data.