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International Workshop on Productivity, Innovation and Intangible Investments

Event date
Friday, 22 September, 2017
Event time
08:30 to 12:00
Event Type
In-person event
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Centre for Research on Learning and Life Chances (LLAKES), UCL Institute of Education, and National Institute of Economic and Social Research (NIESR), London, UK

University of Perugia, Italy (with the support of Città di Assisi).



Further Information and RSVP:

Francesco Venturini (University of Perugia and NIESR)

francesco.venturini [at] unipg.it



September 21-23, 2017

Sala della Conciliazione, Palazzo dei Priori

Piazza del Comune, 10, 06081 Assisi (Italy)


Conference Programme:


Friday 22 September

9.30 Welcome

9.45-10.45 Keynote speaker

Jakob Madsen * and Md. Rabiul Islam (Monash University, Australia)

Back to the Past: Is Growth Reverting to Pre-Industrial Levels?


10.45-11.15 Coffee

11.15-13.00 Session 1: Productivity and intangible investments

Chair: Francesco Venturini (University of Perugia)


Rebecca Riley * (NIESR, ESCoE) and Chiara Rosazza Bondibene (KU Eichstätt-Ingolstadt)

Driving Productivity Growth: The Role of Firm-Specific Knowledge Assets


Cecilia Jona-Lasinio * (ISTAT and LUISS, Libera Università Internazionale degli Studi Sociali, Rome),  Stefano Manzocchi (LUISS) and  Valentina Meliciani (LUISS)

Intangible capital and participation in global value chains: empirical evidence on a sample of European countries


Stefano Bolatto (University of Bologna), Alireza Naghavi * (University of Bologna), Gianmarco Ottaviano (LSE and University of Bologna) and Katja Zajc (University of Ljubljana)

Intangible assets and the organization of global supply chains


13.00-14.15 Lunch

14.15-16.00 Session 2: Productivity, wages and occupational change

Chair: Cristiano Perugini (University of Perugia)


Giuseppe Berlingieri (OECD and ESSEC Business School, France), Patrick Blanchenay (University of Toronto) and Chiara Criscuolo * (OECD)

The Great Divergence(s) in wages and productivity


Mirella Damiani (University of Perugia), Fabrizio Pompei * (University of Perugia) and Stefania Cardinaleschi (Italian National Institute of Statistics, ISTAT)

Knowledge-intensive sectors and the role of collective performance-related pay 


Luca Marcolin * (OECD), Sebastien Miroudot (OECD) and Mariagrazia Squicciarini (OECD)

The routine content of occupations: new cross-country measures based on PIAAC


16.00-16.30 Refreshment


16.30-18.15 Session 3: Productivity, absorptive capacity and innovation

Chair: Antonio Minniti (University of Bologna)


Richard Harris * and Ji Yan (Durham University)

Absorptive capacity: definition, measurement and importance


Geoff Mason * (UCL Institute of Education and NIESR, London), Ana Rincon-Aznar (NIESR) and Francesco Venturini (University of Perugia)

Which skills contribute most to absorptive capacity, innovation and productivity performance? Evidence from the US and Western Europe


Giuliana Battisti * (University of Warwick)  and Paul Stoneman (University of Warwick)

Measuring innovation as the successful exploitation of new ideas using international firm level panel data


Saturday 23 September

9.30-11.15 Session 4: Technology, capital intensity and trends in the labour share

Chair: Mirella Damiani (University of Perugia)


Mary O’Mahony (Kings College London), Michela Vecchi * (Middlesex University) and Francesco Venturini (University of Perugia)

The long-run decline in labour share: technology and heterogeneous capital


Kyoji Fukao * (Hitotsubashi University, Japan), Cristiano Perugini (University of Perugia), Saumik Paul (Hitotsubashi University, Japan)

Technology, capital, skills and the long-run dynamics of the labour share in Japan


Gilbert Cette (Banque de France and Aix-Marseille School of Economics), Jimmy Lopez * (University of Bourgogne) and Jacques Mairesse (CREST, ParisTech-ENSAE; UNU-MERIT, Maastricht University; NBER)

Labour market regulations and capital intensity


11.15-11.45 Coffee

11.45-13.00 Session 5: Productivity, competitiveness and education

Chair: Stephan Huber (University of Regensburg)


Ana Rincon-Aznar * (NIESR, ESCoE), Rebecca Riley (NIESR, ESCoE) and Lea Samek (NIESR and Kings College London)

Productivity and competitiveness in the UK


Carol Corrado (Conference Board, New York), Mary O’Mahony * (Kings College London) and Lea Samek * (NIESR and Kings College London).

Measuring education services as intangible social infrastructure


Conference ends with lunch at 13.00 




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