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We are pleased to announce the Economics of Quantum Information Technology conference, sponsored by the NSF Engineering Center for Quantum Networks (CQN) and the USC Marshall Institute for Outlier Research in Business (iORB), which will be held in person May 4-5, 2023 at the Marshall School of Business, University of Southern California.  

Quantum information technology (QIT) is an interdisciplinary field evaluating the possibilities quantum mechanics offer for the acquisition, transmission, and processing of information. These technologies, which include quantum computers, quantum sensors, and quantum communication systems, are poised to have significant economic impact.


The goal of the conference is to build a community of scholars who can pave the way towards maximizing the benefits these technologies could provide. The conference will feature emerging economics and management QIT research as well as talks from leading QIT scientists meant to further inspire and develop our economics and management research agenda.  


We seek papers on topics related to the economics of QIT, including (but not limited to):  

  1. (How) do quantum technologies create different market opportunities than classical technologies? 

  2. What can we learn about the economics of innovation by tracking the development of QIT from conception? 

  3. How can our economics of innovation knowledge optimize the rate and direction of QIT developments?  

  4. How do we understand incentives to invest human capital and financial capital in potentially high impact technologies characterized by substantial technological uncertainty? 


We also seek applications from Ph.D. students interested in conducting research in this area, who would like to attend the conference but do not have a related project at this point. The goal is to promote research activity on topics related to the economics of QIT, and to enable graduate students who are interested in this area to begin developing a network of like-minded scholars. Applicants must have successfully completed the first year of their Ph.D. program. Please include your CV and a short one-page double-spaced description of your interest in this topic of research.


The deadline for paper submissions and Ph.D. student applications is February 15, 2023. The program will be announced by March 30, 2023.  Submissions should be submitted electronically at

We encourage the submission of full papers but also accept extended abstracts. Be sure to include your name and email address, as well as the contact information for your co-authors (if applicable).

Unless otherwise specified, proposals will automatically be considered for a Center for Quantum Networks (CQN) research fellowship, which will include a small honorarium and will cover travel to this conference as well as to a CQN research retreat. 


Please direct any questions to Florenta Teodoridis ( Feel free to share with anyone who might be interested.

The Economics of QIT conference is graciously sponsored by the NSF Engineering Center for Quantum Networks and the USC Marshall Institute for Outlier Research in Business. 

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May 04 -05, 2023
University of Southern California

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