Vera Demary is an economist and head of the Structural Change and Competition research unit at the German Economic Institute (IW). She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from University of Paderbom, Germany; a Master of Science in Economics and Business from Erasmus University Rotterdam, Netherlands; and a PhD in Economics from the University of Cologne, Germany. Her research focuses on digitalisation and competition, with a particular interest in digital platforms and collaborative economy. Vera has given talks and is the author of numerous articles and papers on the economic effects of online work platforms. She has been the leader of several projects relating to the platform economy.