About us

About CompNet

The Competitiveness Research Network (CompNet) is a research network founded in 2012 to foster the debate on competitiveness issues among partner institutions and researchers. It aims at providing a robust theoretical and empirical link between drivers of competitiveness and macroeconomic performance for research and policy analysis purposes.

Originally founded by the European System of Central Banks (ESCB), now sees as Partner Institutions (in alphabetical order):

  • European Bank of Reconstruction and Development (EBRD);
  • European Central Bank (ECB);
  • European Commission (EC);
  • European Investment Bank (EIB);
  • Halle Institute for Economic Research (IWH);
  • Tinbergen Institute (TI). 

The Steering Committee

The Steering Committee composed by representatives of each of the funding institutions, as well as data providers on a rotational basis – which sets the overall strategies of the Network

Filippo di Mauro is the Chairman of CompNet and Visiting Fellow at the Business School at National University of Singapore.

Ettore Dorrucci is the Deputy Chairman of CompNet and Head of the Convergence and Competitiveness Division of the European Central Bank.

Eric Bartelsman is Professor of Economics and General Director of the Tinbergen Institute.

Mihnea Constantinescu is Head of the Applied Macroeconomic Research Division at the Bank of Lithuania.

Ralph De Haas is Director of Research at the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) and Associate Professor at Tilburg University.

Reint E. Gropp is President of the Halle Institute for Economic Research (IWH) and Professor of Economics at Otto von Guericke University Magdeburg.

Eric Mamer is Director for Competitiveness and European Semester at the Directorate General for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs at the European Commission.

Mary V. Tovsak Pleterski is Director for Investment, Growth and Structural Reforms at the Directorate General for Economic and Financial Affairs at the European Commission.

Martin Suster is Director of the Research Department at National Bank of Slovakia.

Debora Revoltella is the Director of the Economics Department of the European Investment Bank.

Adviser

Paloma Lopez-Garcia is Senior Economist at the Convergence and Competitiveness Division of the European Central Bank.



Advisory Board

The Advisory Board formed by highly reputed scholars and lead by the ECB Vice President, Mr Constâncio, provides guidance on the CompNet research objectives.

Vitor Constancio is Vice-President of the European Central Bank.

Ufuk Akcigit is an Assistant Professor at the University of Chicago.

Carlo Altomonte is an Associate Professor at the Bocconi University.

Eric Bartelsman is Professor of Economics and General Director of the Tinbergen Institute.

Marco Buti is Director General of DG Economic Financial Affairs at the European Commission.

Jan de Loecker is Full Professor of Economics at KU Leuven.

William F. Maloney is Chief Economist for Equitable Growth, Finance and Institutions in the World Bank Group.

Marc Melitz is the David A. Wells Professor of Political Economy at Harvard University.

Gianmarco Ottaviano is Professor of Economics at London School of Economics.

Chad Syverson is the J. Baum Harris Professor of Economics at University of Chicago Booth School of Business.

Sergei Guriev is the Chief Economist of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development.



Executive Committee

The Executive Committee is composed of the Chairperson and one senior manager each from the IWH and the ECB – the two institutions providing CompNet with staff support. The Executive Committee makes proposals to the Steering Committee on strategic direction and key activities, and ensures their subsequent implementation. It also allocates staff to the Research Team and the Secretariat.

Filippo di Mauro is the Chairman of CompNet and Visiting Fellow at the Business School at National University of Singapore.

Ettore Dorrucci is the Deputy Chairman of CompNet and Head of the Convergence and Competitiveness Division of the European Central Bank.

Steffen Müller is the Head of the Department of Structural Change and Productivity at the IWH (Leibniz-Institut für Wirtschaftsforschung Halle).


Research Team

The Research Team is led by Dr. Viktor Slavtchev and includes senior economists from the IWH and the ECB, as well as talented PhD students. In line with the guidance of the Advisory Board, the team promotes research projects using the CompNet dataset, organises workshops to disseminate CompNet among data users and providers, and oversees the expansion of CompNet indicators and methodology.

Viktor Slavtchev is Head of the Research Group Innovation, Productivity, and Economic Dynamics at the IWH.

Roberta Serafini is Senior Economist at the Euro Area External Sector and Euro Adoption Division of the European Central Bank.

Richard Bräuer is Economist in the Department of Structural Change and Productivity at the IWH.

Matthias Mertens is Economist in the Department of Structural Change and Productivity at the IWH.


CompNet Secretariat

The Secretariat is the operational department. It is led by Dr. Peter Haug, who coordinates a team of research assistants composed of young economists and master students based at the IWH and the ECB. The Secretariat is responsible for administration, meeting organisation, and interaction with data providers. It also provides technical support to the Research Team and the IWH in the improvement of CompNet’s statistical codes, as well as to the ECB in the phase of data collection.

Peter Haug is Senior Economist in the Department of Structural Change and Productivity at the IWH.

Research Assistants

Daniele Aglio

Marco Christophori

Tim Gebauer

Fabian Marder

Matteo Sartori

Vera Schramm

Dimitri Trofimenkov

Jan-Paul van de Kerke

Alessandro Zona