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The competitiveness of firms, regions and industries in the knowledge-based economy: What room for job-rich growth in Europe?

The competitiveness of firms, regions and industries in the knowledge-based economy: What room for job-rich growth in Europe?

Objective

MICRO-DYN (stands for 'Micro-Dynamics') is a project that attempts to tackle the issue of growth, employment and competitiveness in the knowledge-based European economy through a micro-founded firm-based approach. The nature of the analysis will be 'bottom-up' i.e. moving from the micro-entities of economic actions and strategies at the enterprise level to sectoral, regional, national and European levels.

The rationale for such an approach is that understanding the microeconomic foundations of innovation, competitiveness and growth at the firm level, as well as the firms' interactions with the labour market, is key to understanding the nature of these phenomena at a more aggregated (regional, sectoral or macro) level and of the resulting aggregate economic performance. From a policy-perspective, this implies that the impact of corporate, industrial and regional strategies and policies at national and European levels can be really understood only through the changes they induce in individual firm behaviour.

Integrated and comparable cross-country firm-level evidence will shape the core of the research effort undertaken within the project. The analysis will use as far as possible comprehensive data-sets across all European regions and industries. Statistical models of individual behaviour will be used which will be aggregated at sectoral, regional and national levels to recover the behaviour of aggregate variables.

At the moment, there are very few such models around as different researchers have concentrated on different levels of aggregation with little exploration of their interdependence. The project mobilises a large network of top European researchers specialized in the relevant sub-fields necessary for the successful execution of an ambitious research programme.

Coordinator

WIENER INSTITUT FUER INTERNATIONALE WIRTSCHAFTSVERGLEICHE

Address

Rahlgasse 3
Wien

Austria

Administrative Contact

Veronika JANYROVA (Professor)

Participants (16)

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CENTRE FOR ECONOMIC AND STRATEGIC RESEARCH

Bulgaria

UNIVERSITE DE LAUSANNE

Switzerland

INSTITUT FUER ANGEWANDTE WIRTSCHAFTSFORSCHUNG E.V.

Germany

MAGYAR TUDOMANYOS AKADEMIA - KOZGAZDASAGTUDOMANYI INTEZET

Hungary

FONDAZIONE ENI ENRICO MATTEI

Italy

UNIVERSITETET I OSLO

Norway

NORSK UTENRIKSPOLITISK INSTITUTT

Norway

RIJKSUNIVERSITEIT GRONINGEN

Netherlands

KUNGLIGA TEKNISKA HOEGSKOLAN

Sweden

INSTITUT ZA EKONOMSKA RAZISKOVANJA

Slovenia

UNIVERSIDAD COMPLUTENSE DE MADRID.

Spain

THE CHANCELLORS, MASTERS AND SCHOLARS OF THE UNIVERSITY OF CAMBRIDGE

United Kingdom

ALPHAMETRICS LIMITED

United Kingdom

CASE - CENTER FOR SOCIAL AND ECONOMIC RESEARCH

Poland

UNIVERSITY OF PARIS XII - VAL DE MARNE

France

NARODOWY BANK POLSKI

Poland

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 28868

  • Start date

    1 October 2006

  • End date

    31 January 2011

Funded under:

FP6-CITIZENS

  • Overall budget:

    € 4 476 321

  • EU contribution

    € 3 605 903

Coordinated by:

WIENER INSTITUT FUER INTERNATIONALE WIRTSCHAFTSVERGLEICHE

Austria