Firm Heterogeneity in Technological Change

The faculties of economics of Ghent University and the University of Leuven (KU Leuven), together with Lille Économie Management (LEM) will organize a workshop where researchers studying production data at the firm level will discuss their recent findings and new developments in the analysis of technological change, firm heterogeneity in particular.

Most economic studies assume homogeneous firms following an identical path of technological change. For example, in many theoretical and empirical studies in the fields of productivity, economic growth and international trade, technological change is -implicitly or explicitly- assumed to be (Hicks-)neutral. Yet, firm heterogeneity is by now well-established in the theoretical and empirical literature (e.g. Melitz and Redding (2014), Bernard et al. (2012)) implying that profit opportunities may differ between firms, even within the same industry.  Hence, if technological change is the consequence of purposeful activities to increase profitability, then one may ask if the pattern of technological change is not likely to differ between firms in function of their characteristics. The goal of this workshop is to gain insight into this heterogeneity.


Keynote Speakers:

Johannes Van Biesebroeck (Department of Economics, KU Leuven and CEPR)

Emmanuel Dhyne (National Bank of Belgium and Université de Mons)

Laurens Cherchye (Department of Economics, KU Leuven)


This workshop will be held in Ghent on the 28th March 2019 and welcomes empirical as well as methodological academic contributions.  Researchers interested in presenting a paper are invited to send an extended abstract by the 31st January.  Notification on acceptance or refusal by the scientific committee will be given by the 15th February. Full papers are expected one week ahead of the conference, the 21th March.

The members of the scientific committee of the workshop are

Laurens Cherchye (KU Leuven), Bram De Rock (ECARES, ULB), Bruno Merlevede (Ghent University), Glenn Rayp (Ghent University) and Marijn Verschelde (IÉSEG School of Management, LEM).

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Tweekerkenstraat 2, 9000 Gent

Gent , Belgium

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