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Seminar: The Economics of Artificial Intelligence

Block seminarJuly 9 and 10
AudienceM.Sc. Volkswirtschaftslehre
M.Sc. Economics
ECTS4 or 6


With the advancing effectiveness of machine learning methods and artificial intelligence (AI), we see a rapidly growing interest in understanding the technologies’ potentially disruptive effects. In this seminar, we will look at AI from the perspective of economics and discuss current and likely future implications of increasingly capable AI on different sectors.

Seminar details and dates

  • Deadline for application: April 13 (with this form and a transcript of records)
  • First meeting: April 27, 14:00-16:00 c.t. online meeting
    (later withdrawal will result in a grade of 5.0!)
  • Individual meetings to discuss seminar papers: End of May
  • Submission of final paper and presentation slides: July 7
  • Block seminar: July 9 and 10, approx. 8:00–18:00


Preliminary Topics

  • The role of prediction and causality in economics
  • AI, labor markets, and occupational change
  • Distributional effects: AI and inequality
  • Data and decision making in business
  • Financial markets and algorithmic trading
  • Criminal justice and algorithmic discrimination
  • The impact of AI on productivity and innovation
  • AI in medicine and healthcare
  • Implications of AI for international trade and globalization
  • AI, algorithmic pricing, and collusion
  • AI, data security, and consumer privacy


Find further information, e.g. on seminar rules and literature here.

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