Forthcoming Events

Forthcoming CompNet Events

Conference on Sustainable development, firm performance and competitiveness policies in small open economies

The Competitiveness Research Network (CompNet) and the National Bank of Slovakia (NBS) are jointly inviting papers addressing one or more of the topics mentioned below from either micro and macro level perspectives.

We are particularly interested in academic work with strong policy relevance on the following topics:

  • Competitiveness policies in small open economies
  • Structural transformation and distributional consequences
  • Industrial policies facing inequality and political populism
  • Transition to low-carbon economies from firm-level perspective
  • The interaction between monetary and competitiveness policies
  • Factor reallocation and growth
  • Sustainable development and middle-income trap
  • New drivers of firm performance

Keynote Speakers:

  • Beata Javorcik (Chief Economist EBRD)
  • tbc

The Conference will take place at NBS, Bratislava on 23-24 April 2020

The deadline for submission is 15 January  2020.

Papers should be emailed to

Further information for submitting a paper can be found here.



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 (GVCs) – which increased rapidly from 1990 to 2007 – has stalled and in some cases even reversed. These developments are occurring in a context in which tariff and non-tariff barriers have 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.


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



The conference will take place at ECB, Frankfurt am Main on 17-18 June 2020.


Please submit your paper to by 6 March 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