Call for Papers (Event Postponed Until Further Notice)

Luohan Academy will host its third annual conference on digital economy in Hangzhou, China, on June 22-23, 2020. The academy was established in June 2018 by the Alibaba Group and its academic committee, which includes six Nobel laureates. The Annual Conference is an open platform for leading academic researchers, business practitioners, and policymakers from around the world to share their views, their latest findings and sharpen their ideas through focused discussions about how to promote digital technology and its applications for the benefit of our society.

Digital technology is fundamentally changing the foundation of the macroeconomy. It is changing how consumers produce and collect information, build trust systems, and make decisions, and how producers coordinate and relate to consumers. It is also destined to reshape research, just as Galilei’s telescope challenged preconceived notions of our solar system, science, and the world. Digital technology embodies the same power in that it provides new methods and models for research. Yet, the academic community is lagging in understanding and helping society to cope with the opportunities and challenges brought by technology.

To understand the impact of digital technology—mobile internet, big data, cloud computing, artificial intelligence, blockchain, etc.—on the economy, business, and society, it requires an interdisciplinary approach where best theory meets frontier practice. We welcome submissions of research that ranges broadly across economics, finance, law, sociology, psychology, and other social sciences. Potential topics include, but not restricted to, the relation between digital technology and macro issues (economic growth and equality), organizational issues (nature of work, employment, and platform economy), policy issues (privacy, data governance, and competition policies), finance, and other social issues. Judging from past experience, selections will be highly competitive to ensure the best work can be presented.

All our committee members (see below) will come to Hangzhou to be deeply engaged for the two-day conference. Besides the academic sessions, we encourage the in-depth exchange of ideas between the best minds and entrepreneurs from some of the best technology companies. All presenters will have an opportunity to participate in a group tour of Alibaba and Ant Financial’s headquarters and network with dozens of entrepreneurs from the Hupan School of Entrepreneurship, who are CEOs from unicorns reshaping the digital economy in China.

The deadline for submitting a paper is April 1, 2020. All submissions and inquiries should be sent to conference@luohanacademy.com. Decisions will be made by April 15th.

The committee consists of the following members: Patrick Bolton, Markus Brunnermeier, Lars Peter Hansen, Zhiguo He, Bengt Holmström, Preston McAfee, Christopher Pissarides, Yingyi Qian, Alvin Roth, Thomas Sargent, Michael Spence, Steve Tadelis, Neng Wang, Shangjin Wei, Wei Xiong, and Chenggang Xu. We will reimburse accommodation expenses for selected authors and invited discussants.

 

About Luohan Academy

Luohan Academy was established by Alibaba Group and a group of world-renowned social scientists in 2018, with the aim of promoting research and dialogue on the social and economic dimensions of the ongoing digital revolution. We collaborate with world-class social scientists and practitioners to explore, analyze and learn the ongoing (digital) transformation of the global society and economy. Among the research areas of our interests are inclusive growth, platform economy, digital finance, the changing nature of work, competition policy, and data security and privacy protection. With rich first-hand experiences and privileged data accumulated in a rapidly growing digital economy, Luohan Academy is a perfect place to study the socio-economic impact of digital technology.

 

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