Forthcoming CompNet Events

1st CompNet Data User Conference

8th - 9th October 2019, France Stratégie, Paris. 

The questions of modern day economics warrant different approaches than those of the past. While macro-level indicators are widely available and give a broad overview of the economies in different countries, the real situation is much more heterogeneous. On different levels of aggregation, different pictures emerge, showing that productivity and other important determinants of economic performance are not comprehensive without understanding the underlying patterns of the distribution. For this reason, the appliance of micro-level data has long since been a preferred option of scholars interested in productivity, innovation, investment, and competitiveness. But micro-data is often hard to come by, expensive and necessarily across different countries.

Acknowledging these constraints and the high relevance of micro-based empirical research, CompNet provides a dataset consisting of micro-level firm data from many European countries. It is widely used in research and policy work alike and highly regarded for making micro-level analysis across countries without firm-level data possible. In most recent years the high cross-country comparability became another unique characteristic of the newest vintages of the dataset. 

On 8th – 9th October 2019, France Stratégie, a member of CompNet, will host the 1st CompNet Data User Conference in Paris jointly organized with CompNet and the Halle Institute for Economic Research (IWH). At this conference, data users are invited to present results generated out of the CompNet dataset, discuss the data quality and exchange experiences with the network. For the CompNet representatives, this is a unique opportunity to get feedback for the existing dataset and services as well as suggestions for future improvements.

Submissions from users of CompNet data and any economic field are cordially invited.

Further information on how to submit a paper can be found on this link.


1st FINPRO - Finance and Productivity Conference

The Competitiveness Research Network (CompNet), the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) and the Finance department at the Halle Institute for Economic Research (IWH), invite submission for the 1st FINPRO Conference on the intersection of two significant research fields: productivity and finance. In line with the mission of CompNet to act as a hub to connect researchers and (micro) data providers from both the realm of policy making and academia, we seek to attract papers of the highest academic quality that include, but are not limited to the following topics:

  •  Productivity measurement at the micro level
  • Micro productivity and aggregate real activity
  • Credit constraints and investment
  • Inefficient lending
  • Funding innovation and entrepreneurs
  • Financial repression, factor accumulation, and reallocation
  • Macroprudential and monetary policy effects on productivity
  • Transmission and interaction of financial and factor market policies
  • Feedback loops between financial and non-financial agents
  • FinTech and Venture Capital

The FINPRO conference will take place at the EBRD, London on December 2nd and 3rd, 2019. Papers should be submitted to by July 31, 2019 and will be reviewed by a scientific committee. We welcome both empirical and theoretical contributions. Whereas we are particularly interested in studies that utilize CompNet data, this feature is not a prerequisite.

Further information for submitting a paper can be found on this link.




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.


Joint CompNet - EIB - IMF - ENRI - IWH Conference : From Micro to Macro: Market Power, Firms' Heterogeneity and Investment

EIB, March 18 - 19 2019, Luxembourg, Luxembourg

Please find details at the following link: 8th CompNet Annual Conference.


CompNet-EBRD Workshop - Localisation and Productivity

European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, October 8-9 2018, London, United Kingdom

Please find details at the following link: CompNet-EBRD Workshop.


7th CompNet Annual Conference - Economic Growth, Trade and Productivity Dispersion

Leopoldina, June 21-22 2018, Halle (Saale), Germany

Please find details at the following link: 7th CompNet Annual Conference.


Workshop on 6th CompNet data vintage

European Central Bank (Main Building), April 26 2018, Frankfurt, Germany

Please find the Summary at the following link: Summary.


Second Workshop - Empirical research on productivity and innovation

ABDI, January 11-12 2018, Tokyo, Japan

Link to previous events: Previous Events.