Filippo di Mauro, Paloma Lopez-Garcia, Marta Colombo, 11 February 2019

There is growing demand from academia and policymakers for cross-country comparable firm data. CompNet aims to provide such data and to improve understanding of the drivers of competitiveness. Among the findings in the latest cross-country report are that healthy firms are more likely to be credit constrained in the presence of a high share of distressed firms; that the disconnection between real wages and productivity growth in the post-crisis period has been rather heterogeneous across EU firms; and that exporting firms are more productive, larger, pay higher wages, and employ more qualified personnel.

Filippo di Mauro, 11 March 2014

Policies aimed at enhancing firm productivity may greatly benefit from firm-level evidence. Unfortunately, micro-founded data, particularly of cross-country nature, remain largely unavailable. This column presents a new firm-level database built by a research network of the EU system of central banks (CompNet). This data base allows investigating how firm size and labour costs interact at different levels of productivity. This new cross-country data base, and its potential to expand, could be of great policy value.

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