Forthcoming Events

Forthcoming CompNet Events

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

The Virtual Conference will take place in June 22-24, 2020.

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:

  • Robert B. Koopman (Chief Economist World Trade Organization)

The program of the conference can be found here.


CompNet Scientific Team:



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:

Emmanuel Farhi (Harvard University) and Marc Melitz (Harvard University) have confirmed their participation as keynote speakers.


Philip R. 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 place at ECB, Frankfurt am Main on 21-22 September.


Please submit your paper to by 05 June 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.



Other Forthcoming Events of Interest

Comparative Analysis of Enterprise Data (CAED) 2020

Sponsored by: The Tinbergen Institute  and the program in Business Data Science and CompNet

Conference Dates: August 27-29, 2020

Location: Erasmus University Rotterdam, the Netherlands

Keynote Speakers: John Van Reenen (MIT); tba

Further information for submitting a paper can be found here