Research on Productivity, Trade, and Growth: Theory and Practice

This course provides a self-contained set of lectures to bring PhD students and practitioners up to speed in the area of empirical research using firm-level data. The course starts with an introduction to models of firm dynamics. Next, attention is paid to estimation of productivity, including methods to cope with sample selection, endogeneity of inputs, and lack of firm-level quality adjusted prices. Finally, the course discusses recent empirical work on structural modeling of productivity, trade and growth. Besides theory, the course will include a set of lectures on data handling, programming, and algorithms for empirical applications, as well as daily hands-on practical sessions. To enroll, students are expected to have finished first-year PhD economics and econometrics courses and have some experience in applied research.


Master’s and PhD students, alumni, professionals in Economics and related fields

The summer school welcomes second year (research) master students, PhD students, post-docs, and professionals from a wide variety of fields (e.g. macro, applied micro, industrial organization, international trade, labor, empirical finance, regional and urban) who are interested in learning state-of-the art methods for (cross-country) firm-level panel data analysis.

Admission requirements

A formal background in statistics or econometrics, as well as macro and micro is required from students (at the level of first year courses in a graduate school PhD program in economics).


Before each class, students are expected to have read the required papers on the syllabus. Each day will have two lectures and two tutorials. The tutorials will be address technical aspects (computer set-up, data cleaning and handling) as well as provide time for hands-on practice with empirical assignments.


Confirmed Lecturer of the 2019 summer course are Professors Eric Bartelsman (Vrije Universiteit, Tinbergen Institute, IZA), Jan De Loecker (Princeton –on leave–, KU Leuven, NBER, CEPR), and Jo Van Biesebroeck (KU Leuven, CEPR).

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Certifications & Titles

Certificate. 3 ECTS (with empirical paper), 1 weeks course work

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Full Time


Regular fees: 0 - 2000 EUR

International Fees : 0 - 1000 EUR


PhD students € 1000

Others (postdocs, professionals) fee: € 2.000

The fee covers tuition, course materials, daily lunches and coffee/tea during short breaks, social event including farewell drinks.. The course fee does not include accommodation.


Tinbergen Institute Summer School

Our courses are aimed for students who are up for a challenging and academically rigorous program.

The small class size makes it easy to interact with the lecturers and to fully explore the specific field.

Complete List of 2019 Summer Courses:

Crash Course in Experimental Economics | August 19-24 in Amsterdam

Introduction in Genome-Wide Data Analysis | July 22-26 in Amsterdam

Research on Productivity, Trade, and Growth: Theory and Practice | July 8-12 in Amsterdam

Econometric Methods for Forecasting and Data Science | August 19-23 in Amsterdam


Gustav Mahlerplein 117, 1082 MS

Amsterdam , Netherlands

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