Information Service

CompNet introduces a new systematic approach to facilitate the dissemination of the CompNet dataset and the research output based on this data. This service complements the well-established trainings, as well as the numerous CompNet conferences and workshops. It works as a means of information, which can be used by most of the CompNet members in a twofold way: in particular, we provide online information material on the CompNet Competitiveness Dataset and the CompNet network, but also an on-location information service that provides a first-hand experience to give the audience an understanding of what CompNet is and what we have to offer.


The information service - What do we offer?

CompNet has created this service in order to facilitate the dissemination of information about the CompNet network, the CompNet Competitiveness Dataset and CompNet-related research output. Interested parties can either choose between using our online information material or requesting an on-location service.


1. Information material

One fast and effective way to enable the distribution of knowledge about CompNet to interested parties entails the provision of information material, such as a standard introductory presentation and other complementary documents of interest. These are provided online and will be expanded over time.

  • Introductory presentation of CompNet -link


2. On-location information service

Another option to address the identified demand for information applies to our information service on location. We are offering to send CompNet representatives to your institution, providing a first-hand insight. This ensures a professional introduction to the dataset, its indicators as well as to related research and policy work. In detail, this would contain the following items:


    • Introduction to CompNet and the Competitiveness Dataset

    This will consist of a standard session introducing the CompNet network, the latest vintage of the CompNet Competitiveness Dataset with focus on cross-country comparability as well as a presentation of selected stylized facts/recent research. This session is intended to be more general in nature and aims at providing the audience with an overview of our work.


    Depending on the preferences of the hosting institution this could be complemented by some or all of the suggestions listed below:


    • The presentation of the CompNet cross-country report

    We intend to showcase several possible applications of the CompNet data.

    • Technical introduction to the current vintage of the CompNet Competitiveness Dataset

    A micro-aggregated dataset will be introduced covering methodology, current vintage and an indicator overview.

    • A "hands-on session" using data from the CompNet Competitiveness Dataset

    The CompNet representative will highlight some of the modules of the dataset, considering the wishes of the host. Furthermore, the representative will provide some topic-related examples according to the requests of the participants and finish with a Q&A session.

    • Research presentation

    Depending on availability and fit, the respective may hold a presentation of research work based on the CompNet data.


    Training is essential in order to provide the new generation of researches with the right tools to study the topic of competitiveness. CompNet aims at providing summer schools on a regular basis and at supporting similar initiatives organised by other institutions.


    Past Training Events


    Tinbergen Summer School on Productivity, Trade and Growth: Theory and Practice

    2nd-6th July, 2018, Amsterdam

    The Tinbergen summer school is now open for application. The event takes place at the tinbergen institute located in Amsterdam and lasts for a whole week (Monday-Friday). The course provides a set of self-contained lectures as well as hands-on practical sessions every day bringing participants up to speed in the area of empirical research using firm-level data. The course covers topics ranging from models of firm dynamics to estimation of productivity and finally discussing recent empirical work on structural modeling of productivity, trade and growth.


    For further information on how to enroll and the requirements please visit this link.


    CompNet training course; "Firm-level applied econometrics"

    15th & 16th of November 2017, European Commission, Brussels

    CompNet is organizing a two-day course at the European Commission focussing on firm performance and allocative innefficiency estimation. The aim is to give an accessible overview of current literature and hands-on tools to work with the CompNet dataset. 

    See the Syllabus here for additional information. 

    As always, organized courses are open for all CompNet members and participating institutions, given the capacity constraints of course. If you have any questions regarding participation, or regarding the contents of the training course do not hesitate to contact the CompNet secretariat.



    CompNet training and summer school participation is open to all CompNet members and Participating institutions.