Conference 2020

The Impact of AI on White Collar Work

Online on Zoom, hosted by the AI-Econ Lab, Örebro University, Sweden

November 25, 2020

(Registration closed)

Organised by

  • Magnus Lodefalk (initiator), Economics, Örebro University, Sweden; Ratio Institute, Sweden; Global Labor Organization, Germany

  • Hildegunn Kyvik-Nordås, Economics, Norwegian Institute for International Affairs, Norway; and Örebro University, Sweden.

  • Martin Längkvist, Computer Science, Centre for Applied Autonomous Sensor Systems, Örebro University, Sweden.

  • Holger Görg, Economics, Kiel Institute for the World Economy, Germany; IZA, Germany; GEP, Nottingham University; Tuborg Centre for Globalisation and Firms, Aarhus University.

Sponsored by

  • The Wallander, Hedelius and Browaldh Foundations

Hosted by

AI-Econ Lab, Örebro University, Sweden; partner Ratio and the Trade and Investment in Services (TIISA) Network.

This online interdisciplinary conference is about the use of artificial intelligence in white collar work and implications for the labour market. White collar work is increasingly important in employment. Meanwhile, it performs a number of tasks that is susceptible to AI-induced automation. At the conference, researchers will present their recent research. We welcome researchers in economics, computer-science, informatics and related disciplines. A limited number of non-presenters are also welcomed to sign up for attending. To benefit the research presented, we aim for an active and close interaction between participants, akin to a workshop.

Keynote speakers

  • Anna Salomons, professor, Utrecht University School of Economics, Netherlands.

  • Morgan Frank, assistant professor, School of Computing and Information, University of Pittsburg, USA.


  • 2 keynote speakers.

  • 4 papers will be selected for presentation.

  • 15 minutes per presentation.

  • 10 minutes for the discussant of the paper.

  • 5 minutes open discussion.

Every presenter is expected to be a discussant for another paper. Every attendee is expected to actively take part during the whole conference. The conference includes virtual opportunities to network.

Submission and registration

9 November 2020 – Submission deadline (CLOSED)

Submit abstracts (< 250 words) to

13 November – Selection, based on abstracts.

19 November – Papers due, then sent to discussants.

19 November – Final date for signing up, by registering here (CLOSED):

20 November – Program available, see below

Date and Times

12 (noon) to 3 pm (PST), San Francisco time

3 pm to 6 pm (EST), Boston time

9 pm to 12.00 midnight (CET), Stockholm time

6.30* am to 9.30* am (ACDT), Adelaide time *(November 26, ACDT time)


The full and final program is available below and also here. The papers are available here.