Date: Amsterdam July 3-7, 2017

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

Application deadline:

June 1, 2017
Applications after the deadline will be considered depending on capacity.


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. A parallel session will be added if necessary


Tinbergen Institute Amsterdam, Gustav Mahlerplein 117, 1082 MS Amsterdam

Degree programme:





3 ECTS with empirical paper), 1 weeks course work



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