Date: July 2-6, 2018 Where: Amsterdam

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 course serves as a training activity of the Competitiveness Research Network, CompNet, and is open to its members and participating institutions. (

Application deadline:

June 15, 2018.  — Confirmed, capacity has been reached. If you want to participate, please send an e-mail to in case seats become available.


Prof. Eric Bartelsman (Vrije Universiteit, Tinbergen Institute, IZA)

Prof. Jan De Loecker (Princeton –on leave–, KU Leuven, NBER, CEPR)

Prof. Jo Van Biesebroeck (KU Leuven, CEPR)


25 participants.


Tinbergen Institute Amsterdam, Gustav Mahlerplein 117, 1082 MS Amsterdam

Degree programme:





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



Questions? Contact:

Ester van den Bragt