The Economics, Politics and Philosophy of Artificial Intelligence and Big Data

Fifth Witten Conference on Institutional Change

Witten/Herdecke University, Witten, Germany

14-15 March 2019

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WINIR is pleased to sponsor the Fifth Witten Conference on Institutional Change on "The Economics, Politics and Philosophy of Artificial Intelligence and Big Data" organised by the Witten Institute for Institutional Change (WIWa) at Witten/Herdecke University, Germany, on 14-15 March 2019.

Artificial intelligence and big data will not only have a major impact on living conditions, labour, production and economic development. They also challenge political decision-makers to set up adequately designed institutions to prevent unwanted consequences of technological developments.

The 5th Witten Conference on Institutional Change provides a platform for discussion about economic, political, psychological, and ethical challenges which are brought up by recent technological changes. The focus is on bringing together scholars interested in interdisciplinary work on the institutional framework necessary for AI.

The conference will take place at Witten/Herdecke University and is planned for two full days. There will be an informal get-together at the evening of 13 March and a conference dinner at 14 March. Apart from regular sessions, there will be three keynote speeches. Depending on the number and quality of submissions, a poster session with additional papers may be organized. 

Keynote lectures will be given by:

Jeroen van den Hoven (Delft University of Technology, philosophy)
Matthijs Michiel Maas (University of Copenhagen, law)
Len Shackleton (University of Buckingham, economics)

Papers from economics, politics, ethics, psychology, philosophy, and other relevant social sciences that deal with artificial intelligence and big data are welcome. For example, the conference is interested in papers dealing with:

  • regulation and governance issues of AI companies and applications
  • labour market effects of AI and big data
  • the impact of AI on growth and development
  • ethical questions of using AI technologies
  • legal aspects, e.g. liability rules for AI applications
  • international competition of AI regulations

Abstract submissions should be made online at

Session suggestions should be sent to

Please note the following key dates

30 November 2018 - Abstract submission deadline
20 December 2018 - Notifications of acceptance
15 February 2019 - Full paper submissions

Selected papers will be published as a special issue of Schmollers Jahrbuch, a peer-reviewed international economics and social sciences journal. Other selected papers will be included in a book project, depending on their specific orientation.

Registration fees: For registrations before 31 December 2018, the regular conference fee is 130€. There is a reduced fee of 100€ for WINIR members and of 70€ for students. From 1 January 2019 the late registration fee is 150€. For WINIR members the late fee is 120€. The late fee for students is 8€. All registration fees include the conference dinner. Travel costs and accommodation have to be covered by the participants, except for invited speakers and invited chairpersons.

Scientific committee (WIWA): Nils-Christian Bormann (politics), Jens Harbecke (philosophy), Dirk Sauerland (economics) and Magdalene Silberberger (economics).

For further information please visit the conference website: