Past Events

Past Events

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

Rome, 15 December 2022 - 16 December 2022

The Bank of Italy is organising the workshop on "Firms in a period of turmoil", in collaboration with the CEPR and the EIEF. The event will take place in Rome from 15 to 16 December 2022, health conditions and travel restrictions permitting. The meeting aims at bringing together lead economists to discuss how the productive structure is reacting to the recent pandemic, energy and trade shocks, and the growing relevance of micro-macro interactions between public policies, firm choices, and aggregate productivity. The keynote lecture will be given by Kalina Manova (University College London). Interested authors should submit their work by September 30, 2022, according to the Call for papers.

Call for papers

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

For the video recording of each session please click here.

1st session

Chair: Josefina Monteagudo (European Commission)

The “completeness” of the EU single market in comparative perspective

Craig Parsons* (University of Oregon and University of Oslo), and Andy Smith* (Sciences Po Bordeaux)

The “Brussels Effect”: Are Consumer Health and Safety Regulations across the World Shaped by the European Union?

Cristina Herghelegiu* (European Commission), with Fernando Martin Espejo (KU Leuven)


2nd session

Chair: Pierre Regibeau (European Commission)

Beyond the Great Reversal: Superstars, Unions, and the Euro

Tommaso Crescioli* (LSE), and Angelo Martelli* (LSE)

European Firm Concentration and Aggregate Productivity

Filippo di Mauro* (IWH and CompNet), with Tommaso Bighelli (Halle Institute for Economic Research), Marc J. Melitz (Harvard University), Matthias Mertens (IWH)


3rd session

Chair: Josefina Monteagudo (European Commission)

30 Years of the Single Market: Taking Stock and Looking Ahead

Frank Vandermeeren* (European Commission)

A general equilibrium analysis of the economic impact of the post-2006 EU regulation in the services sector

Aleksei Trofimov* (European Commission), with Javier Barbero, Manol Bengyuzov, Martin Christensen, Andrea Conte, Simone Salotti (European Commission)


4th session

Chair: Román Arjona (European Commission)

Global value chains and unemployment in the EU: new insights on the role of the workforce composition and financial frictions

Mariam Camarero* (University Jaume I), and Cecilio Tamarit* (University of Valencia), with Antonia Lopez-Villavicencio (CNRS and University Paris Nanterre)

Cross-country price and inflation dispersion: Retail network or national border?

Georg Strasser* (European Central Bank), with Teresa Messner (Oesterreichische Nationalbank), Fabio Rumler (Oesterreichische Nationalbank),


5th session

Chair: Edouard Bourcieu (European Commission)

UK Trade in the Wake of Brexit

Thomas Sampson* (LSE), with Rebecca Freeman (LSE), Kalina Manova (UCL), Thomas Prayer (Cambridge)

Unravelling Deep Integration: Local Labour Market Effects of the Brexit Vote

Beata Javorcik* (Oxford, EBRD & CEPR), with Katherine Stapleton (World Bank), Benjamin Kett (IMF), Layla O’Kane (BGT)

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


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