Past Events

Past Events

13 CompNet Annual Conference in Malta

The 13th CompNet Annual Conference on "Competitiveness and Firm Productivity in a Disintegrating Global Economy" took place on 20-21 June 2024 at the Central Bank of Malta. This collaborative event, co-sponsored by the Central Bank of Malta, the National Statistical Office of Malta, and the Halle Institute for Economic Research (IWH), featured keynote speech from Gianmarco Ottaviano (Bocconi University), who provided valuable insights on firm competitiveness and productivity amidst global economic challenges.

To access more details about the conference, including presentations and discussions, please visit here. To access the conference program, please click here.

12 CompNet Annual Conference

The 12th CompNet Annual Conference on “Firm’s Performance in challenging times: Input costs, Technology, Productivity, and Market Power” took place on 19-20 October 2023 in Brussels at the European Commission and brought together experts, researchers, and policymakers to explore key challenges facing firms in today's dynamic economic landscape. This conference is a collaborative effort between CompNet, CEPR, the European Commission, and IWH. Topics such as input costs, technology, productivity, and market power were discussed in depth.

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6th CompNet Data Provider Forum

The 6th Data Provider forum took place at the IWH in Halle (Saale), Germany on 22. June 2023. It was a joint event with the 2nd TSI Workshop and brought together our Data Providers, National Productivity Boards and Statistical Institutes. For more information please click here.


3rd FINRPO - Finance and Productivity Conference

A conference jointly organised by the Bank of Italy, CEPR, CompNet, EBRD & IWH. The topic of this year's FINPRO conference was: "Green Deal: reformation, evolution, and revolution" and took place on 8-9 June 2023 at the Bank of Italy in Rome. Our keynote speaker was Philippe Aghion (INSEAD and CEPR). For more information click here.



European Data Workshop in Paris 15. - 16. June 2023

The European Data Workshop, held on 15. - 16. June 2023, aimed to address challenges related to accessing micro-data in Europe. Issues discussed included limited access to administrative data, lack of cross-country comparability in micro-level data, and the high cost of data from private providers. The workshop resulted in a white paper that serves as a call to action for improving microdata access in Europe and a comprehensive catalog of available data. The goal is to centralize scattered information and provide a valuable resource for researchers. For more information, please click here.



Joint Bank of Italy - CEPR - EIEF Workshop on Firm dynamics, innovation and growth

A workshop on "Firms in a period of turmoil" was organized by the Bank of Italy, CEPR, and EIEF in Rome from December 15-16, 2022. The workshop discussed the impact of recent shocks on the productive structure and the relevance of micro-macro interactions. The keynote lecture was given by Kalina Manova.



Academic conference on the 30th anniversary of the single market (Prague 7th Dec)

The academic conference on the 30th anniversary of the single market was held in Prague on December 7th. The conference consisted of five sessions, with different speakers discussing various topics related to the European Union's single market. These topics included its completeness in comparative perspective, its impact on global consumer health and safety regulations, and the effects of Brexit on UK trade and local labor markets.

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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.


Conference on Innovation and Productivity in the aftermath of the pandemic- Asian Development Bank Institute (ADBI)

15. November 2022 in Tokyo, Japan

We celebrated successfully "Conference on Innovation and Productivity", organised together with ADBI, Hitotsubashi University, IMF & CARF.

Please find more information here.


11th Annual Conference

14. - 15. September in Luxembourg

This year we successfully organised our 11th Annual CompNet Conference, together with the European Investment Bank in Luxembourg.

Please find more information here.


2nd FINPRO Conference

5.-6. May 2022 in Halle (Saale), Germany

This year we successfully organised the second Conference on Finance & Productivity (FINPRO II). 

Please find more information here


5th Data Provider Forum

4. May 2022 in Halle (Saale), Germany

We were happy to be able to have this year's Data Provider Forum finally in person again. It took place on 4th May 2022 in Halle (Saale), Germany. It was a pleasure to meet all our Data Providers again. For those who were unable to join, we had virtual Zoom meetings in place.

Please find more information here


10th CompNet Annual Conference co-hosted by Banque de France in Paris 

14.-15. October 2021 in Paris

This year CompNet celebrated its 10th Annual Conference, together with Banque de France as co-host, which took place in Paris. The topic of the conference was Firm-dynamics, factors reallocation and organization of production in the context of COVID-19"

Please find more information here


CAED 2020 Seminar: Exploring High Frequency Business Dynamics 


2020 Annual Conference of the OECD Global Forum of Productivity

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


9th CompNet Annual Conference - 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.


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.



Innovation, firm size, productivity and imbalances in the age of de-globalization

6th CompNet annual conference, June 29-30 2017. European Commission, Brussels.

As the criticism to globalisation mounts, so do the challenges to solid tenets of economic theory and practice connecting trade and productivity. How can we reconcile the decline in productivity in the last decade with still unabated barriers to globalisation? To what extent are increasing cross-border activities related to higher productivity? How would society's welfare be affected in case barriers to trade were imposed by nations in some form or another? How would a lower freedom to cross-border activities affect the spread of innovation globally and across firms? How will this affect Small and Medium Enterprises? Would such a "less globalised world" lead to smaller imbalances across economies and in terms of income inequality?

For more details, please check the conference program and the conference summary. Follows the presentations and materials discussed during the conference.

Introductory Remarks

Keynote Speech

  • The Impact of Exports on Innovation: Theory and Evidence

Session  1 - Trade and Productivity

Keynote Address

Session 2 - Financial Frictions and Productivity

Chief Economist Panel

Keynote Address

Session 3 - Labour Market and Productivity

Keynote Address

Session 4 - Global Value Chains and Productivity