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About CompNet

The Competitiveness Research Network (CompNet) is a research network originally founded by the European System of Central Banks in 2012 to foster the debate on competitiveness issues among policy institutions and researchers. The Network is the producer of a top standard micro-founded dataset covering productivity indicators for some 20 European countries. The dataset, now at its 6th vintage, is available to researchers at request.

Since 2017, CompNet is an independently funded and regulated network, hosted at the Halle Institute for Economic Research (IWH). Members are contributing to the Network via financial support (Funding institutions) or provision and elaboration of data (Data providers). All Members are engaged in research and policy work related to productivity and are committed to improve granular data and knowledge to understand its drivers.

The Network has a simple and transparent governance structure, which includes three governing bodies, namely:

Data Providers

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Funding Institutions

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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 Euro Area External Sector & Euro Adoption Division of the European Central Bank.

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

Aurelija Proškutė is a Senior Economist at the Applied Macroeconomic Research Division at the Bank of Lithuania.

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

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

Vincent Aussilloux is the Director of the Economic Department at France Stratégie.

Francisco Caballero is the Head of Unit for 2. European Semester and Member States Competitiveness at the Directorate General for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs at the European Commission.

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

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

Sébastien Roux is the Head of the Department of Economic Studies at Insee, the French national statistical institute.

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

Paloma Lopez-Garcia is a Principal Economist in the Supply Side, Labour and Surveillance Division of the European Central Bank.



Advisory Board

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

Vitor Constancio is the former 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 a Professor of Economics and General Director of the Tinbergen Institute.

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

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

William F. Maloney is the 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 a Professor of Economics at the Bocconi University.

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

Sergei Guriev is the Professor of Economics at the Science Po.



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 Euro Area External Sector & Euro Adoption 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).


CompNet Scientific Team

The CompNet Scientific Team includes senior researchers from the IWH and the ECB as well as talented research analysts (including PhD students) from the two institutions. The team promotes research projects on competitiveness and productivity issues using the CompNet dataset; organises workshops and conferences on these issues; and manages the firm-level data collection as well as the implementation of new methodologies and indicators into the CompNet dataset.


IWH Staff

Matthias Mertens is the Coordinator of Scientific Team and the Head of IWH-CompNet group.


Senior Researchers

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

Marco Christophori is an External Advisor.


Research Analysts

Tommaso Bighelli is a PhD student at the IWH.

Jonathan Deist is a Master Student at the MLU.

Johannes Amlung is a Master Student at the MLU.

Roman Blyzniuk is a Bachelor Student at the MLU.


Technical Support

Mirja Hälbig is a PhD student at the IWH.

Verena Plümpe is a PhD student at the IWH.


ECB Staff


Senior Researchers

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

Tibor Lalinsky is a Senior Economist at the ECB.

Philipp Meinen is a Senior Economist at the ECB.

Annalisa Ferrando is a Senior Economist at the ECB.


Research Analysts

Sergio Inferrera is a trainee at the ECB.

Ottavia Papagalli is a trainee at the ECB.