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Assessing Competitiveness: How Firm Level Data Can Help

Location:   MC 7-100
Begins:   May 16, 2012 13:00
Ends:   May 16, 2012 15:00
Contact Person:   Daria Taglioni

BBL Announcement: Assessing Competitivenss

As policymakers refocus on growth, the ability to take a firm-level view is key to disentangling the various factors at the root of competitiveness, and thus to designing appropriate policies. Firm-level data provides critical information for the design of appropriate competitiveness measures that complement traditional macro analysis. More work remains to be done in assembling firm-level information, but the variance of the distribution of firm characteristics already conveys important information in addition to standard averages. New indicators should be developed to translate the distribution of firm characteristics into indicators of competitiveness designed to capture not only average performance but also the heterogeneity of firm performance. This BBL will present ongoing research on how to improve macro policy advice by using the richness of micro-level information. It is based on EFIGE (, a EU project to help identify the internal policies needed to improve the external competitiveness of the European Union.


Featured Speaker:

Filippo di Mauro

Senior Adviser, Research Department

European Central Banks


Alvaro Gonzalez

Lead Economist

Private & Financial Sector Development, ECA Region

The World Bank


José Guilherme Reis

Lead Economist

International Trade Department

The World Bank 

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