Dr. Volker Stocker

Research Group Lead

Since May 2019 Volker Stocker is head of RG 3 (“Work and Cooperation in the Sharing Economy”) and a Postdoctoral Researcher at TU Berlin. Before joining the Weizenbaum Institute, Volker was a doctoral researcher (research assistant) at the University of Freiburg and the Max Planck Institute for Informatics in Saarbrücken. Volker studied at the Universities of Freiburg and Mannheim and the Hanken School of Economics in Helsinki (Finland) and holds a Diplom degree in Economics.

During his time as a doctoral researcher, he has been a Lecturer in Economics at the Baden-Wuerttemberg Cooperative State University (DHBW) in Lörrach and spent time as a visiting researcher at the TU Berlin, the University of Northumbria in Newcastle (UK), and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in Cambridge (US). His major research interests are in the fields of the sharing economy, network economics of the Internet, and Internet policy.

Fields of Research

Sharing Economy, Economics of Platforms, Infrastructure Sharing, Network Economics of the Internet, Broadband Policy, Internet Policy



The Weizenbaum Institute for the Networked Society – The German Internet Institute

Journal Articles

Stocker, V., Smaragdakis, G. and Lehr, W.H. (2020). The State of Network Neutrality Regulation. ACM SIGCOMM Computer Communication Review, 50(1), 45-59, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1145/3390251.3390258.

Briglauer, W., Stocker, V. and Whalley, J. (2020). Public Policy Targets in EU Broadband Markets: The Role of Technological Neutrality. Telecommunications Policy, 44(5), June, Article 101908, available: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.telpol.2019.101908

Stocker, V. and Knieps, G. (2019). Network Neutrality Through the Lens of Network Economics. Review of Network Economics, 17(3), 115-150.

Stocker, V. and Whalley, J. (2019). Who Replies to Consultations, and What Do They Say? The Case of Broadband Universal Service in the UK. Telecommunications Policy, 43(8), Article 101823, available: https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S0308596118302192

Stocker, V. and Whalley, J. (2018). Speed Isn’t Everything – A Multi-criteria Analysis of the Broadband Consumer Experience in the UK, Telecommunications Policy, 42(1), 1-14.

Stocker, V., Smaragdakis, G., Lehr, W.H. and Bauer, S. (2017). The Growing Complexity of Content Delivery Networks: Challenges and Implications for the Internet Ecosystem, Telecommunications Policy, 41(10), 1003-1016.

Knieps, G. and Stocker, V. (2016). Price and QoS Differentiation in all-IP Networks, International Journal of Management and Network Economics, 3(4), 317-335.

Knieps, G. and Stocker, V. (2015). Network Neutrality Regulation – The Fallacies of Regulatory Market Splits, Intereconomics, 50(1), 46-51.


Stocker, V. (2020). Innovative Capacity Allocations for All-IP Networks: A Network Economic Analysis of Evolution and Competition in the Internet Ecosystem, Freiburger Studien zur Netzökonomie, Nomos: Baden-Baden [Doctoral Thesis].

Knieps, G. and Stocker, V. (eds.) (2019). The Future of the Internet: Innovation, Integration and Sustainability. Nomos: Baden-Baden. [1]

Book Chapters

Stocker, V. and Knieps, G. (2021). Digitalizing Telecommunications – Innovation, Complexity, and Diversity in the Internet Ecosystem. In: Finger, M. and Moreno, J. (eds.), A Modern Guide to the Digitalization of Infrastructure, Edward Elgar: Cheltenham UK et al., chapter 3 [To be published in 2021].

Stocker, V. (2019). Ecosystem Evolution and End-to-End QoS on the Internet: The (Remaining) Role of Interconnections. In: Knieps, G. and Stocker, V. (eds.), The Future of the Internet: Innovation, Integration and Sustainability. Nomos: Baden-Baden, 171-193.

Blog Articles and Other

Frías, Z. and Stocker, V. (2020b). The Economics of Infrastructure Sharing in 5G Networks, Technology Policy and Ethics IEEE Future Directions Newsletter, available: https://cmte.ieee.org/futuredirections/tech-policy-ethics/july-2020/the-economics-of-shared-infrastructure-in-5g-networks/

Frías, Z. and Stocker, V. (2020a). Zur Ökonomie gemeinsamer Ressourcennutzung in 5G Netzen, Ökonomenstimme, available: https://www.oekonomenstimme.org/artikel/2020/04/zur-oekonomie-gemeinsamer-ressourcennutzung-in-5g-netzen/

Knieps, G. and Stocker, V. (2020). Die Zukunft des Internets: Innovation, Integration und Nachhaltigkeit, Ökonomenstimme, available: https://www.oekonomenstimme.org/artikel/2020/01/die-zukunft-des-internets–innovation-integration-und-nachhaltigkeit/

Kolleck, A. and Stocker, V. (2020b). Carsharing in der Krise: Das Ende des Teilens?, Kurz kommentiert, Wirtschaftsdienst, 100(7), S. 478, https://doi.org/10.1007/s10273-020-2686-3

Kolleck, A. and Stocker, V. (2020a). Car Sharing in der Krise — Wie beeinflusst Covid-19 die individuelle Mobilität?, Ökonomenstimme, available: https://www.oekonomenstimme.org/artikel/2020/06/car-sharing-in-der-krise–wie-beeinflusst-covid-19-die-individuelle-mobilitaet/

Stocker, V. (2020). What is the future of the Internet?, International Telecommunication Society Blog, January, available: https://itsworld.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/05/What-is-the-future-of-the-Internet.pdf