Forthcoming CompNet Events

CompNet ProdTalks

We are excited to have launched 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.

The papers that are being presented at the event are selected from the hosting institution as well as chosen from an open call for papers. You are herewith kindly invited to submit your papers to

The ProdTalks will take place every 1st Tuesday of the month at 15h00 CET. Register here to save your seat!

Coming up next:

6th April 2021

Program to follow soon.l

2nd Finance and Productivity (FINPRO) Conference

This conference seeks to enhance our understanding of how to facilitate a sustainable allocation of economic resources in a post-lockdown world.

The Competitiveness Research Network (CompNet), the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) and the Finance department at the Leibniz Institute for Economic Research (IWH), invite submission for the 2nd FINPRO conference on the intersection of the two research fields of financial economics and productivity research.

The pandemic situation permitting, the IWH will host the 2nd FINPRO conference as an in-presence event to take place at the German Academy of Sciences Leopoldina in Halle (Saale) on December 2/3, 2021.

Papers should be submitted to by August 15, 2021. Decisions will be mailed to authors by September 15, 2021. Please find more details here.

2021 CompNet & Banque de France Annual Conference

This year CompNet celebrates its 10th Annual Conference, together with Banque de France as co-host, which will (hopefully) take place in Paris. The topic of the conference is "Firm-dynamics, factors reallocation and organization of production in the context of COVID-19"

The goal of this conference is to enhance academic and policy discussion on the effects of Covid on productivity, and to provide a forum for new policy-oriented research. Of great interest is the impact of the pandemic on productivity growth through within-firm dynamics, factors reallocation within and across sectors, the organization of production including through the internationalization of firms, and the role of policies. We seek to attract high-quality papers that include, but are not limited to the following topics in relation with the Covid-19 crisis:

• Innovation and knowledge diffusion

• Firm dynamics, entry and exit

• Production factors’ reallocation within and across sectors

• Market concentration

• Government support to firms and misallocation

• Internationalization of firms, organization of production, the role of global value chains.

We welcome both empirical and theoretical contributions.

Please find the official Call for Papers here. Submissions to be sent please to

Past Events

2020 Annual Conference of the OECD Global Forum of Productivity

Market Dynamics, Competition and the Role of Industrial Policy in the Context of the Covid-19 Crisis.

Digital technologies and business models drive productivity growth and are key to job creation and prosperity. However, they can also create “winner takes most” dynamics, market concentration and rising productivity gaps across firms. How do these developments affect market dynamics and competition in interconnected economies and what role can modern industrial policy play to promote structural change while maintaining a “level playing field” to ensure fair competition in global markets? The COVID-19 pandemic is likely to have an accelerating effect on these already ongoing structural changes. Against this background, government action becomes even more important and policy dialogue around these topics is more timely than ever.


The Chairman Filippo di Mauro introduced the session „ Market power, digital transformation and the COVID-19 catalys”

See here his presentation 

More information on the conference can be found here 

Since its inception, CompNet has hosted and organized several events, conferences and workshops that have seen the participation of prominent scholars and policy-makers.


CompNet ProdTalks - a continuous series of virtual monthly events.

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, Trade, Finance and Labour.

Please find details at the following link: CompNet ProdTalks.


CompNet Annual Event - Jointly organised by CompNet and ECB. 

A short online event took place on 22nd September 2020. 

Please find details at the following link: 9th CompNet Annual Conference (will be published soon).


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

Video Conference, June 22 - 24, 2020

Please find details at the following link: Conference


3rd CompNet Data Provider Forum

Video Conference, April 22, 2020

Please find details at the following link: 3rd CompNet Data Provider Forum


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.

9th Annual CompNet Conference - jointly organised with ECB

On 22 September 2020, a short online event took place. Please find all material below to be downloaded from the online conference.

The coronavirus (COVID-19) may have lasting effects on the global and the European economies. This online event features a keynote lecture on the environment in which European firms operate and how it may be affected by the pandemic. A high-level panel discussed how COVID-19 may be reshaping international trade and capital flows.



14:30    Registration (Webex)

15:00    Welcome address

             Frank Smets, Director General, Directorate General Economics, European Central Bank

             Filippo di Mauro, Chairman, CompNet

15:10   Keynote Speech:

            "Firms concentration, trade and productivity – recent trends in EU countries and implications of the COVID-19 pandemic"

             Marc Melitz, Harvard University

15:55    Break

16:00    Policy panel "How is COVID-19 reshaping international trade and capital flows?"

             Chair: Philip R. Lane, Member of the Executive Board, European Central Bank 

             Caroline Freund, Global Director of Trade, Investment and Competitiveness, World Bank

             Beata Javorcik, Chief Economist, European Bank for Reconstruction and Development

             Gian Maria Milesi-Ferretti, Deputy Director of the Research Department, International Monetary Fund

17:15 End of event


General information

Language English

Local organisers

Ettore Dorrucci, Roberta Serafini, Philipp Meinen (all European Central Bank, Directorate General Economics, Euro Area External Sector and Euro Adoption Division)

Contacts Simone Suckfüll +49 69 1344 6952 Saskia Schwägermann +49 69 1344 6402