Dr Vera Demary has been head of the research unit “Structural Change and Competition” at the German Economic Institute since January 2015. Her research covers topics on the interface between competition and digitization. She has published numerous articles on the economics of collaborative platforms and worked on projects and in an advisory capacity for the EU Commission as well as several German ministries on this topic. Prior to her current position at the Institute, Vera was head of the research unit “Education Economics” from 2013 to 2014. She joined the Institute in 2009 and worked different research positions on topics such as innovation, labor shortages and education. Prior to that, Vera worked as a research assistant at the University of Cologne from 2005 to 2008. Vera received a B.A. in Economics from Paderborn University in Germany in 2004, a M.Sc. in Economics and Business from Erasmus University Rotterdam in the Netherlands in 2005 and a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Cologne in 2008.