31st European Regional Conference 2022


Conference Programme

Final programme of this year’s conference

Programme Overview, 19th – 21st June

Sunday, June 19

Monday, June 20

Tuesday, June 21


08:15 – 09:00


09:00 – 10:30

Opening session

09:00 – 10:30

Parallel sessions 4

10:30 – 11:00


10:30 – 11:00


11:00 – 12:30

Parallel sessions 1

11:00 – 12:30

Parallel sessions 5

12:30 – 13:30


12:30 – 13:30


13:30 – 15:00

Parallel sessions 2

13:30 – 15:00

Parallel sessions 6

15:00 – 15:30


15:00 – 15:30


15:30 – 17:00

Parallel sessions 3

15:30 – 17:30

Parallel sessions 7
17:00 – 19:00 Registration


Bus departure


Bus departure
18:00 – 20:00

Welcome Reception


18:00 – 20:00 

Reception, Bourse of Gothenburg

18:00 – 22:00

Gala Dinner

Sunday, 19th June 2022

Conference registration 17:00 – 19:00 Welcome reception 18:00 – 20:00

Registration 17:00 – 19:00
The conference venue is:

Department of Technology Management & Economics,
Vera Sandbergs Allé 8,
Chalmers University of Technology,

You can register from 17:00 onwards at the venue in the following room: ‘Veras grasmatta’.


Welcome reception 18:00 – 20:00
This will be held at:

Wikjanders Restaurant
Vera Sandbergs Allé 5B

Monday, 20th June 2022
Opening session 09.00 – 10.30


Location:  Veras Gräsmatta, Vera Sandbergs Allé 8, Department of Technology Management & Economics, Chalmers University of Technology


Opening Plenary Session


Welcome speeches 

Mats Lundqvist, Vice President, Chalmers University of Technology

Stephen Schmidt, ITS Chair & Vice President, TELUS, Canada 

Joakim Björkdahl, Head, Department Technology Management & Economics, Chalmers University of Technology

Futures of e-Mobility: Technologies, Business Models and Regulation 

Session Moderator: Mats Lundqvist, Vice President, Chalmers University of Technology

Per M Johnsson, Director, Ericsson – “Challenges for Ericsson and the Telecom Industry”

Maria Massaro, Regulation Specialist, Volvo Group – “The Future of Automated and Connected Trucking: Regulatory Aspects” 

Per Arnäs, Director, Einride – “Intelligent Mobility – The Future of Freight” 


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Parallel sessions 1: 11.00 – 12.30


Broadband 1

Covid 1 – apps


Location: Vasa B

Location: Vasa C

Location: Vasa 6

Location: Vasa 7

Laitsou, Ioannou & Katsianis – 5G fixed wireless access for rural broadband

Markendahl & Beckman – Can local 5G networks using local spectrum be used as platform for digitalization of industrial systems and services?

Jurva, Outila, Matinmikko-Blue, Merisalo & Jutila – Towards an integrated process for digital transformation: 5G and beyond based smart transportation systems in cities and regions


Ferrandis, Ramos & Feijoo – Deployment of high-speed broadband in rural areas in the EU: Evolution of the investment gap and alternatives to reduce it

Guiffard – Broadband Internet and political mobilization in sub-Saharan Africa

Mohan & Lyons – High-speed broadband availability, internet activity among older people, quality of life and loneliness


Howell & Potgieter – Smartphone-based COVID-19 contact tracing apps: Antipodean insights

Mitomo, Otsuka & Kamplean – Severity of COVID-19 infection and the adoption of contact-confirming application in Japan

Kamplean, Mitomo & Otsuka – Lack of trust and its influence on the installation of the COVID-19 contact-confirming application in Japan


Kanellos, Katsianis & Varoutas – Forecasting a telecommunications provider’s market share

Hanspach – Physical Internet infrastructure and competition in digital markets

Jamison, Ajit & Tecza – Effects of conferring business resource on rivals



Parallel sessions 2: 13.30 – 15.00


Artificial intelligence

Big tech

Broadband 2

Location: Vasa B

Location: Vasa C

Location: Vasa 6

Location: Vasa 7

Beyond the pandemic? Exploring the impact of Covid on telecommunications and the Internet

Volker Stocker, Weizenbaum Institute for the Networked Society &
Technische Universität Berlin

Roslyn Layton, Aalborg University, Denmark
Bill Lehr, MIT, USA
Scott Marcus, Bruegel, Belgium


Schauer & Schnurr – Competition between human and artificial intelligence: An experimental analysis

Gideon – Evaluating algorithmic governance regimes: A game theoretic and empirical analysis

Petre & Varoutas – On the application of machine learning in telecommunications forecasting: A comparison


de Barsy & Gautier – Acquisitions in the digital economy: Are GAFAM killing the next big thing?

Henten & Windekilde – Demand side economies of scope and Big Tech business models

Kawamata – Informatics turn of hard and soft power over 5G and AI technological hegemony


Aravantinos, Petre, Katsianis, Chipouras & Varoutas – A hedonic approach to estimate the price evolution of FTTH service: evidence from EU

Eltges, Wiewiorra & Fourberg – Copper to fibre migration: Regulated access fees incentivising migration



Parallel sessions 3: 15.30 – 17.00

Location: Vasa B

Location: Vasa C

Location: Vasa 6

Location: Veras Gräsmatta

Papai, Nagy & McLean – Quality-adjusted price changes on the Hungarian mobile market between 2015-2021

Liang – Suboptimal mobile spectrum allocation lowers or reverses the traditional gain in consumer surplus from a new MNO entrance

Savunen, Hammaine, Kilkki & Kekolahti Role of mobile network operators in next generation public safety services


Kraemer, Shekhar & Hofmann – Regulating algorithmic learning in digital platform ecosystems through data sharing and data siloing: Consequences for innovation and welfare

Grob & Vidal – Towards a more sustainable Internet: the case for rebalancing the digital ecosystem

Dippon & Hoelle – The economic costs of structural separation, line of business restrictions, and common carrier regulation of online platforms and marketplaces


Leka – What should economists know about the cloud? A literature review on digital economics

Lim & Kim – Why would the users of Google’s cloud services intend to switch to alternative services?

Falch, Tadayoni, Skouby, Williams & Olesen – Cyber Security and privacy in relation to SMEs


Future of Mobile Regulation and Policy: A Global View

Erik Bohlin, Professor, Chalmers University of Technology

Seongcheol Kim, Korea University
Yu-li Liu, City University of Hong Kong
Francesco Cappelletti, Future Europe Journal
Erik Bohlin, Chalmers University of Technology
Francesco Cappelletti, European Liberal Forum
Simon Forge, SCF Associates
Jason Whalley, Northumbria University
Bill Lehr, MIT

City Hall Reception: 18:00 – 20.00

Reception hosted by Gothenburg City

Bourse of Gothenburg 

Gustav Adolfs Torg 5

Welcome speeches by: 

Lord Mayor Anneli Rhedin, City of Gothenburg
Stephen Schmidt, ITS Chair & Vice President Regulatory Affairs, TELUS, Canada

Buses from Chalmers University to City Hall will be across the entrance of the conference venue in front of Wijkanders at Vera Sandbergs allé 5B Departure time for bus is 17.30

TUESDAY 21 June 2022
Parallel sessions 4: 09.00 – 10.30

Mobile 1

Internet of Things


Covid 2

Platforms 1

Location: Vasa B

Location: Vasa C

Location: Vasa 6

Location: Vasa 7

Location: Veras Gräsmatta

Kim, Kim, Jang & Park – Value of spectrum for mobile communications: Case of Korea

Bahia, Butler & Castells – The socio-economic benefits of the 6GHz band:  Considering licensed and unlicensed options

Jeanjean – Infrastructure sharing and co-investment in the telecommunication Industry


Markendahl – Analysis of IoT services, data platforms and re-use of data and solutions in a smart city context

Degrande, Vannieuwenborg, Verbrugge & Colle – A model for cooperative intelligent transport diffusion simulation in the European vehicle fleet

Harno – Scenarios for the Industry 4.0 ecosystem development

Kshetri – Blockchains with Chinese characteristics

Dalvi & Gadkari – CCI and regulation of digital platforms and blockchain: Will it take a rule of reason; per se or a schizophrenic approach?

Castañeda & Feijoo – Blockchain within agri-food international value chains. A comparative analysis from public perspective in the case of Spain


Cheng, Mitomo, Kamplean & Seo – E-health literacy and the voluntary adoption of the new normal in COVID-19: the case of Japan

Garín-Muñoz, Pérez-Amaral & Valarezo-Unda – Evolution of the Internet gender gaps in Spain and effects of the Covid-19 pandemic

Fast & Schnurr – Data donations for digital contact-tracing: Short- and long-term effects of monetary incentives


Prado – Safeguarding competition in digital markets: A comparative analysis of emerging policy and regulatory regimes

Ueda – A conjoint analysis of consumers’ attitudes towards digital platforms: A case study in Japan

Papathanassopoulos & Varoutas – On the competition between Video OTTs platforms vs traditional TV:  A niche case study in Greece


Parallel sessions 5: 11.00 – 12.30

The impact of digital technologies


New technologies

ICT and the environment

Location: Vasa B

Location: Vasa C

Location: Vasa 6

Location: Vasa 7

Axenbeck & Breithaupt – Measuring firm-level digitalisation and its impact on economic and social stability during the COVID-19 Crisis – A novel text-mining approach

Sholler & MacInnes – The economic impact of AI on employment and income disparities

Gijón, Fernández-Bonilla & Whalley – Behind the pandemic: the loopholes of the digital divide

Deshpande, Lechardoy & Villanueva – Towards a comparative and integrative framework for regulatory approaches to online advertising

Fourberg, Tas & Wiewiorra – My Browser is not a Billboard: Experimental Evidence on Ad-blocking Adoption and Users’ Acquisition of Information

Kurata – Who wins the people wins the world

Kim, Lee & Kwon – Does the video assistant referee (VAR) system mitigate referee bias in professional football leagues?

Kshetri – International variation in regulations related to initial coin offerings: Preliminary findings and a research agenda

Nam & Kim – Why do elderly people feel negative about the use of self-service technology and how do they cope with the negative emotions?


Edquist & Bergmark

How is mobile broadband affecting CO2 Emissions globally?

Kapatamoyo & Mbumwae – ICT in Zambia – Green informatics on strategies and technological innovations 

Briglauer, Köppl-Turyna & Schwarzbauer – Evaluating effects of ICT core elements on CO2 emissions: recent evidence from OECD countries


Parallel sessions 6: 13.30 – 15.00


Competition 1

European Union

Digital divide

Location: Vasa B

Location: Vasa C

Location: Vasa 6

Location:  Vasa 7

Beyond 5G: Global convergence or divergence?

Scott Marcus, Bruegel, Belgium

Jan Jochum, VP Spectrum Policy & Projects, Deutsche Telekom
Janne Peisa, Ericsson
Bernard Barani, European Commission


Tang & Howell – Spectrum policy on broadband market to reduce digital divide and promote competition

Ida, Kawaguchi, Kuroda & Sato – Multi-product quality competition and bundling: The case of telecommunication industry

Yang, Vialle & Whalley – Is disruption the second time around harder to do? The entry of Iliad into the Italian telecommunications market

Arcos & Feijóo – An analysis of the content-neutrality approach in European audiovisual market regulation

Vander Maelen – Articles 40-41 GDPR: A new approach to using codes of conduct in EU law

de Rojas, Pita & Martínez – Understanding Spain and Europe in the global digital sector


Setthasuravich, Sirikhan & Kato – Spatial econometric analysis of the digital divide in Thailand at the sub-district level: patterns and determinants

Vargas-Montoya, Robalion & Madrigal – Digital divide in Costa Rica over the last decade: How does it change and what drives it?

Griffin, Lyons, McCoy & Mohan – Early digital exposure and later digital skills: evidence from home and school environments in Ireland


Parallel sessions 7: 15.30 – 17.30




Platforms 2


Location: Vasa B

Location: Vasa C

Location: Vasa 6

Location: Vasa 7

Location: Veras Gräsmatta

Markendahl – Analysis of use of shared data for smart parking services in Sweden

Sirikhan – Potentials and challenges of the connected autonomous shared electric vehicle (CASE) from urban geography perspective in southeast Asia mega-urban regions

Yan, Hu & Liu – Privacy fatigue of smart speaker users in China: Exploring the affecting factors and privacy coping behaviors

Lehr – Smart contracts: Myths and implications for economics and financial regulation


Gideon & Kukura – “Everyone had to be part of this:” Social media and uprising participation decisions

Fujisawa & Kasuga – Differentiation strategy for firms: online ad versus mass media ad

Lin – Investigating the relationship of disguised socialbots and disinformation threat in Taiwan

Park & Kim – How do people with physical disabilities want to construct virtual identity with avatars?


Castells & Bahia – Investments and mobile network performance in Europe: does market structure matter in the 5G era?

Gisca, Matinmikko-Blue, Ahokangas,Yrjölä & Gordon – Legitimacy challenges of local private 5G and beyond networks in Europe 

Földes – Financial and regulatory assessment of mobile network sharing as a trigger of cost efficient 5G rollout in CEE 

Knieps – Internet of Things and the challenges for cross-border network slicing in 5G-based smart networks


Forge – We’ve been here before – New and old in anti-trust regulation for global web platforms and future regulatory policy

Verstraete, Verbrugge & Colle – Solid: Enabler of decentralized, digital platforms ecosystems

Nam & Kwon – Quantifying different psychological costs of user behavioral info for overcoming the ‘take-it-or-leave-it’ condition

Jamison & Ajit – Effects of mobile platform choice on firm success

Gamarra & Friedl – Ownership concentration and average total costs of standard-essential patent families

Li – R&D subsidies and technological progress in the Chinese ICT manufacturing industry

Shigeno, Matsuzaki, Taher & Tsuji – Relationship between innovation and corporate performance in Japanese SMEs by two-stage panel data analysis

Conference dinner: 18:00 – 22.00

Långedrags Värdhus

Conference Dinner

Långedrags Värdhus
Talattagatan 24
426 76 Västra Frölunda



Buses for Långedrags Värdhus will depart from across the entrance of the conference venue, in front of Wijkanders at Vera Sandbergs allé 5B
Departure time for bus is 17.45