What's private in private economy? Challenge Seminar with Professor David Dreyer Lassen

Aktivitet: Deltagelse i eller arrangement af en begivenhed Deltagelse i workshop, seminar og kursus


Economics as a discipline is about analyzing trade-offs, and discussions about privacy have plenty of those. For example, internet users may make personal information available to data collectors in order to receive more relevant offers or access to services, at the potential cost of divulging personal traits that can be used for advanced price setting. While economic research into privacy as such began in the 1970s, concerns for the respect for privacy in economic life have been around at least since Adam Smith (1723 – 1790). In the seminar, I attempt to characterize the different, sometimes overlapping, roles of privacy in economics and political economics: Privacy as a right and as a (normative, cultural) constraint on policy, and privacy as a commodity, to be bought and sold. I also discuss two recent topics in economic privacy: the implications of reductions in costs of personal data collection and processing due to the increasing digitalization of society, and the protection of personal data when consumers’ decision-making capabilities are imperfect.
Periode25 okt. 2018
PlaceringCopenhagen, Danmark
Grad af anerkendelseNational