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We are honored to host a talk between Google’s Chief Economist, Hal R. Varian, and Dr.  Nicola Jentzsch, Lead of the Data Economy Research Branch of Berlin based think tank Stiftung Neue Verantwortung, on the subject of data economy, competition and data ownership.

The barriers of entry have never been lower to any company of any size to participate in the digital economy. What are the the challenges, and what are the opportunities? How can we ensure that access to data, computing power and talent is not limited to the big companies – and what does that mean for a prospering economy?

We are thrilled to discuss this with Professor Varian and Dr Jentzsch. Please join us for an exciting talk at the Google for Entrepreneurs hub.

About the Speaker:

Hal R. Varian is the Chief Economist at Google. He started in May 2002 as a consultant and has been involved in many aspects of the company, including auction design, econometric analysis, finance, corporate strategy and public policy.


He is also an emeritus professor at the University of California, Berkeley in three departments: business, economics, and information management. He received his SB degree from MIT in 1969 and his MA in mathematics and Ph.D. in economics from UC Berkeley in 1973. He has also taught at MIT, Stanford, Oxford, Michigan and other universities around the world.


Professor Varian is a fellow of the Guggenheim Foundation, the Econometric Society, and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He was Co-Editor of the American Economic Review from 1987-1990 and holds honorary doctorates from the University of Oulu, Finland and the University of Karlsruhe, Germany.


Professor Varian has published numerous papers in economic theory, industrial organization, financial economics, econometrics and information economics. He is the author of two major economics textbooks which have been translated into 22 languages. He is the co-author of a bestselling book on business strategy, Information Rules: A Strategic Guide to the Network Economy and wrote a monthly column for the New York Times from 2000 to 2007.

About the Moderator: 

Dr. Nicola Jentzsch is the Data Economy Lead of the Stiftung Neue Verantwortung (SNV) in Berlin. The SNV is an independent Think Tank devoted to societal challenges posed by technological change.

Dr. Jentzsch is an economist who combines competition and behavioral economics with a particular focus on privacy and cybersecurity. In the past 15 years, she has worked on several topics in this field and currently concentrates on competition strategies in digital markets (personalization), data protection compliance, and the implications of Big Data.

She holds a doctoral degree in Economics from the Freie Universität Berlin and was a Research Fellow at Yale University and Georgetown University. In the past, she has served as an adviser to several DGs of the European Commission, the European Network and Information Security Agency (ENISA), the World Bank and central banks in several African and Asian countries. She is a winner of a Google Research Award and published her research in international economics journals.



May 14, 2018

5:00 pm - 6:00 pm


Cinema, Factory Görlitzer Park


Public Talk

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