Dr Vera Demary has been head of the research unit “Digitalization, Structural Change and Competition” at the German Economic Institute (IW) in Cologne since January 2015. Her research covers topics on the interface between competition and digitization. Prior to that, 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. Before joining the Institute, 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.