Forthcoming CompNet Events

CompNet ProdTalks

We are excited to be launching our new series of virtual monthly events - CompNet ProdTalks.

In a 1.5 hour virtual event, two selected papers will be presented including presentation, discussion and Q&A. The topic will be general, such as: Productivity Research, Finance, Trade and Labour.

Kindly submit your papers to 

The ProdTalks will take place every 1st Tuesday of the month at 3pm CET. Register here to save your seat!

Coming up next:

1st September 2020 - You can find the programme here

6th October 2020

3rd November 2020

1st December 2020

9th CompNet Annual Conference 2020

The era of international trade expansion and liberalisation has seemingly come to a halt. World trade is no longer growing at the pace it did before 2008 and the participation in global value chains (GVC) – which increased rapidly from 1990 to 2007 – has stalled and in some cases even reversed. These developments occur in a context in which tariff and non-tariff barriers has become an ever more frequent reality, with the number of harmful trade interventions on the rise since 2012 and strongly accelerating since 2017. On the financial side, a “new normal” has been emerging with respect to the size and composition of capital flows, with the demand for safe assets reaching record levels. On the other hand, the activities of multinational enterprises (MNEs) and special purpose entities (SPEs) have further expanded, making it increasingly difficult to interpret traditional national accounts statistics and cross-border financial positions.


Owing to their high openness and interconnectedness, euro area/EU economies have been particularly exposed to these “post-globalisation” trends.



The Conference will address a range of questions raised by these ongoing transformations. How will trade, financial flows and, ultimately, growth models be affected in the euro area/EU? In which ways will changing trade conditions and growing protectionism impact productivity, real convergence and welfare in the longer run? How are firms adjusting production processes and business models? To what extent are euro area/EU economies similarly affected, given different levels of participation and varying positioning in GVCs and in the wider global financial system? What are the most recent literature advancements in the understanding of the implications of MNE/SPE activities? Are we witnessing permanent changes or just temporary shocks that may at least partly be reversed? And, last but not least, what are the relevant policy implications?


In the tradition of the CompNet research network, this conference combines micro-founded and macro analyses to shed light on these issues. We call for original academic work – preferably with a focus on the euro area/EU and its economies – in the following areas:


  • “Post-globalisation”: defining features and developments
  • Changing trade conditions and their effects on productivity, convergence and welfare
  • The impact of trade protectionism and trade policy uncertainty on where firms choose to be located and on global value chains
  • Recent trends in global and regional production networks
  • Capital flows in the era of low/negative interest rates
  • Novel trade and capital flow datasets, and how they can shed light on MNE/SPE activities and their implications

Invited speakers:

Emanuel Fahri (Harvard University) and Marc Meliz (Harvard University) have confirmed their participation as keynote speakers.


Philipp Lane (Member of the Executive Board, European Central Bank) will moderate a panel discussion entitled “New trends in trade and capital flows: What indications for the economic, monetary and financial assessment of the ECB?”


The conference will take plase at ECB, Frankfurt am Main on 21-22 September.


Please submit your paper to by 15 May 2020. Please indicate in your email whether you would also be willing to act as a discussant.



Further information for submitting a paper can be found here.






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.


First FINPRO - Finance and Productivity Conference

EBRD, December 2 - 3 2019, London, UK

Please find details at the following link: 1st FINPRO - Finance and Productivity Conference


First CompNet Data User Conference

France Stratègie, October 8 - 9 2019, Paris, France

Please find details at the following link: 1st CompNet Data User Conference


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.


2nd CompNet Data Provider Forum 

IWH, 6th - 7th May 2019, Halle (Saale), Germany

Please find details at the following link: 2nd CompNet Data Provider Forum.


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.