Productivity and sectoral reallocation

5th ECB-CBRT conference, October 6 2017, Izmir, Turkey.

A multi-sectoral viewpoint in macroeconomics considers, among other things, the process of structural transformation, that is, the reallocation of economic activity across sectors. This perspective has recently gained substantial importance as global productivity growth keeps slowing down and allocation of economic activity from the manufacturing sector to services becomes more visible and eventually unavoidable, also in emerging countries, such as China. Developing a better understanding of the link between productivity and sectoral reallocation should help to shed light on potential future growth and on the policy options to sustain growth. Contributions are welcome on:

  • Productivity and sectoral allocation

  • Endogenous labour supply and structural transformation

  • The role of services and intangibles in productivity dynamics

  • The importance of the quality of institutions for different sectors

  • Sectoral reallocation and income inequality

  • Policies to enhance productivity and reduce the inefficiencies associated with sectoral reallocation

For further information about the program, the submission of work and registration, please visit the website of the conference.


Structural Change, Resource Misallocation and Growth Dynamics in the MENA Region

Open Call for Proposals

ERF is pleased to announce a call for proposals on growth dynamics in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region using firm- and sector-level data. Characterized by relative stagnation and high unemployment, especially for the labor-abundant resource-poor countries within the region, there is little understanding of the determinants of the pace of structural transformation in the region, and its implications for economic growth. At the macro level, long-term growth depended on the extent of allocative efficiency within sectors. Resource misallocation at the firm/sector level can indeed explain productivity differentials across sectors, as well as more aggregately across countries in the region.

Deadline for submitting proposals is August 20, 2017.

For more details, please check the full call for proposals here.


Innovation, firm size, productivity and imbalances in the age of de-globalization

13th CompNet annual conference, June 29-30 2017. European Commission, Brussels.

As the criticism to globalisation mounts, so do the challenges to solid tenets of economic theory and practice connecting trade and productivity. How can we reconcile the decline in productivity in the last decade with still unabated barriers to globalisation? To what extent are increasing cross-border activities related to higher productivity? How would society's welfare be affected in case barriers to trade were imposed by nations in some form or another? How would a lower freedom to cross-border activities affect the spread of innovation globally and across firms? How will this affect Small and Medium Enterprises? Would such a "less globalised world" lead to smaller imbalances across economies and in terms of income inequality?

For more details, please check the conference program and the conference summary. Follows the presentations and materials discussed during the conference.

Introductory Remarks

Keynote Speech

  • The Impact of Exports on Innovation: Theory and Evidence

Session  1 - Trade and Productivity

Keynote Address

Session 2 - Financial Frictions and Productivity

Chief Economist Panel

Keynote Address

Session 3 - Labour Market and Productivity

Keynote Address

Session 4 - Global Value Chains and Productivity

Past events

Since its inception, CompNet has hosted and organized several events, conferences and workshops that have seen the participation of prominent scholars and policy-makers. Please find a detailed list at the following link: 

CompNet past events