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Assessing competitiveness: initial results from the new compnet micro-based database

Paloma Lopez-Garcia () and Filippo di Mauro ()

Research Bulletin, 2014, vol. 21, 2-7

Abstract: The design of policies aimed at enhancing productivity may benefit greatly from disaggregated information on competitiveness. Unfortunately, comparable microeconomic data across-countries remain largely unavailable. This article presents a new firm-level database built by the Competitiveness Research Network (CompNet), a European System of Central Banks (ESCB) research network. This database allows the investigation of how productivity, size and unit labour costs interact and evolve in firms at different tails of the productivity distribution. This new cross-country database, and its potential to expand, could be of great policy value. JEL Classification: L11, L25, D24, O4, O57

Keywords: cross country analysis; firm-level data; competitiveness; productivity and size distribution; total factor productivity; allocative efficiency (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2014-05
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