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EU KLEMS Final Conference - 19 and 20 June 2008

EU KLEMS final conference on Productivity in the European Union: A Comparative Industry Approach

On 19 and 20 June 2008, the final conference of the EU KLEMS project on "Productivity in the European Union: A Comparative Industry Approach" was held at the University of Groningen (the Netherlands). The conference marked the completion of a 4 year research project by a consortium of 16 research institutions across Europe, having led to the creation of a large database on growth and productivity accounts at industry level for individual EU member states, various EU aggregates, Japan and the United States.


The Drivers of Growth and Productivity in Europe: International Comparisons

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Thursday 19 June:

09.00: Opening: Bart van Ark (University of Groningen)
09.05: Keynote presentation: Nicholas CRAFTS (University of Warwick) PRESENTATION

Plenary Session 1: The Drivers of Productivity in Europe: Past, Present and Future
09.45:  Keynote Presentation: Joaquim OLIVEIRA MARTINS (OECD) PRESENTATION
10.30:  Coffee Break
11.00:  Parallel Sessions 1
  Session 1.a:
  - Antonio Bassanetti, Roberto Torrini and Francesco Zollino, (Bank of Italy) “Changing institutions and productivity across Europe” PAPER / PRESENTATION
  - Georg Erber and Reinhard Madlener, (DIW Berlin & RWTH Aachen University) “Impact of ICT and Human Skills on the European Financial Intermediation Sector” PAPER / PRESENTATION
  - F. Daveri and C. Jona-Lasinio, (University of Parma, IGIER, ISTAT & LUISS) “Offshoring, R&D, and Productivity Growth in a Declining and a Growing Economy” PAPER / PRESENTATION
  Room: “Collegezaal”
  Chair: Bart van Ark
  Session 1.b:
  - Hyun Jeong Kim and Hak Kil Pyo, (Bank of Korea & Seoul National University) “International Comparison of Productivity in Market Services: Korea with EU KLEMS Member Countries” PAPER / PRESENTATION
  - Robert Inklaar and Marcel Timmer, (University of Groningen) “International Comparisons of Productivity at the Industry Level” PRESENTATION
  - Nicholas Oulton and Ana Rincon, (LSE & NIESR) “Rates of Return and Alternative Measures of Capital Input for 14 Countries” PAPER / PRESENTATION
  Room: “Congreszaal”
  Chair: Robert Stehrer
12.45:  Lunch

Plenary Session 2: Labour Market and Productivity
14.00: Keynote presentation: Michael BURDA (Humboldt University) PRESENTATION
14.45: Tea Break
15.15: Parallel Sessions 2
  Session 2.a:
  - Kurt Kratena, (WIFO) “International Outsourcing and the Demand for Skills” PAPER / PRESENTATION
  - Piero Esposito and Robert Stehrer, (University of Rome & WIIW) “Effects of High-Tech Capital, FDI, and Outsourcing on Demand for Skills in West and East” PAPER / PRESENTATION
  - Mari Kangasniemi, Matilde Mas, Catherine Robinson and Lorenzo Serrano, (NIESR & IVIE) “The Economic Impact of Migration: Productivity Analysis for Spain and the UK” PAPER / PRESENTATION
  Room: “Congreszaal”
  Chair: Bernd Görzig
  Session 2.b:
  - Mary O'Mahony and Fei Peng, (University of Birmingham) “Skill Bias, Age and Organisational Change” PAPER / PRESENTATION
  - Sebastian Leitner and Robert Stehrer, (WIIW) “Changes in the Composition of Labor” PAPER / PRESENTATION
  - Esben Anton Schultz, Battista Severgnini and Anders Sorensen, (CEBR) “Skill-Biased Technological Change vs. Capital-Skill Complementarity: Evidence from OECD Countries” PAPER / PRESENTATION
  Room: “Collegezaal”
  Chair: Marcel Timmer
16:45 Drinks
19.30: Dinner - Dinner speech: Dale JORGENSON (Harvard University) PRESENTATION

Friday 20 June:

Plenary Session 3: Technology, Innovation and Productivity
09.15:  Keynote Presentations: Jacques MAIRESSE (CREST, University of Maastricht) PRESENTATION
10.00: Coffee Break
10.30: Parallel Sessions 3
  Session 3.a:
  - Tomohiko Inui, Atsushi Kawakami and Tsutomi Miyagawa, (Nihon & Gakushuin) “Do Competitive Markets Stimulate Innovation? An Empirical Analysis Based on Japanese Manufacturing Industry Data” PAPER / PRESENTATION
  - Francesco Venturini, (Marche) “Information Technology, Research and Development, or Both? What Really Drives a Nation’s Productivity” PAPER / PRESENTATION
  - Carolina Castaldi and Bart Los, (University of Utrecht & University of Groningen) “Europe’s Performance as a Generator of Important Innovations: Industry-Level Explorations” PRESENTATION
  Room: “Collegezaal”
  Chair: Mary O'Mahony
  Session 3.b:
  - Esteban Fernández Vázquez and Bart Los, (University of Oviedo & University of Groningen) “Addressing Keller’s Critique: More on The Identification of Productive Technology Spillovers” PAPER / PRESENTATION
  - Janet X. Hao, Vlad Manole and Bart van Ark, (The Conference Board & University of Groningen) “Intangible Assets in Europe: Measurement and International Comparability” PAPER / PRESENTATION
  - Daniel Cerquera and Gordon Klein, (ZEW) “Endogenous Firm Heterogeneity, Competitive Advantage and ICT” PAPER / PRESENTATION
  Room: “Congreszaal”
  Chair: Robert Inklaar
12.00: Lunch

Plenary Session 4: Micro Dynamics and Productivity
13.00: Keynote presentations: Jonathan HASKEL (Queen Mary’s College) PRESENTATION
13.45: Session 4
  - Bernd Görzig, Martin Gornig and Axel Werwatz, (DIW Berlin) “The Impact of Introducing New Products on Firm Productivity - Evidence from German Manufacturing Firms” PAPER / PRESENTATION
  - Eric Bartelsman, Enrico Perotti and Stefano Scarpetta, (University of Amsterdam & OECD) “Barriers to Exit, Experimentation and Comparative Advantage” PAPER
  - Henry van der Wiel , Harold Creusen, George van Leeuwen, Michael Polder and Eugene van der Pijl, (CPB) “Going Beyond the Dutch Borders” PAPER / PRESENTATION
  Room: “Congreszaal”
  Chair: Matilde Mas
15.30: End of Conference


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If you have any additional questions or comments regarding the conference, please don't hesitate to contact us at the address specified below.

Jop Woltjer (project administrator)
Groningen Growth and Development Centre, University of Groningen
PO Box 800, 9700 AV Groningen
Telephone: +31 50 363 3675

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This project is funded by the European Commission, Research Directorate General as part of the 6th Framework Programme, Priority 8, "Policy Support and Anticipating Scientific and Technological Needs".

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