Project Team

The MICROPROD consortium is composed of 9 partners with complementary expertise from 8 EU member countries (Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, the Netherlands, United Kingdom). Collectively, all scholars involved are very active in the discussions of European architecture, the future of Europe and how to prepare for challenges arising both from within and from the outside. In this respect, it will be natural to fit the results of our analysis into the broader debate on how to enhance European architecture and integration to achieve sustainable and robust growth.

Halle Institute for Economic Research

With its three research departments – Macroeconomics, Financial Markets, Structural Change and Productivity –, the IWH conducts economic research and provides economic policy recommendations which are explored on evidence-based research. IWHs founding mission was to carry out economic research on the transition in East Germany and Central and Eastern Europe as well as the ongoing process of economic integration in Europe. Since the transition of the formal institutions is completed, IWH has extended its research profile so that, under the guiding theme “From Transition to European Integration”, the analysis of economic convergence processes and international integration are at the centre of its research.

IWH is the host of the Competitiveness Research Network (CompNet) which provides a forum for high level research and policy analysis in the areas of competitiveness and productivity.

The MICROPROD project is coordinated by Dr Steffen Müller, Head of IWH Bankruptcy Research, and IWH is involved in MICROPROD through its Innovation, Productivity, and Economic Dynamics research group.

Aarhus University

The partners from Aarhus School of Business and Social Sciences belong to the department of Economics and Business Economics. In 2017, the department has been ranked in the top 50 Economics Department according to the REPEC ranking (at the position of 40). The Aarhus BSS team members also belong to the F.I.N.D. research centre, a newly centre for research on firms and industry dynamics, disruption and globalisation.

The local team partners have decades of expertise in the use and analysis of microlevel data. The exceptionally high-quality data from Statistics Denmark as well as the very close collaboration between the Aarhus BSS members and the statistical office have been essential for fostering and developing the various research agenda undertaken by the team partners.

Bocconi University

The activity of the Baffi Carefin Centre is carried out by ten research units whose main fields of interest are focused on central banking, monetary policy and financial and supervision, international economics, sovereign funds, investment banking, structured finance, insurance and pension funds, asset management and financial and insurance education.


Bruegel is a Brussels-based European think tank specialising in economics. It began operations in early 2005 with the intention of bringing a new voice to Europe’s economic policy debate. Bruegel is a non-profit international association and does not represent any particular policy doctrine, as its mission is to improve the quality of economic policy with open and fact-based research, analysis and debate. Therefore, Bruegel is committed to impartiality, openness and excellence. Similarly, the execution of the research programme is independent: scholars are encouraged to engage with members during the conduct of the research, but no consensus is sought from members or the board on research conclusions.

Bruegel has done a significant amount of research on the decline of productivity over the course of the past few years, as well as on the corresponding European and/or global challenges in terms of economic and financial stability, migration and the welfare state, and innovation and technological change.


Centre for Economic and Regional Studies of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences

The basic activity of the Centre for Economic and Regional Studies, consisting of the Institute of Economics, the Regional Research Institute and the Institute of World Economics, is the scientific analysis of the Hungarian economy, the international economic and political environment, and of economics in general. The Centre undertakes theoretical and empirical studies in the fields of national and world economics, in regional processes and in other interdisciplinary areas of the Social Sciences. The Centre publishes and promotes new research results, develops the scientific tools needed for research and also the databases appropriate and necessary for economic and regional research projects. It formulates conclusions and recommendations for policy matters, develops and participates in Master and PhD university training programmes and in the development of the curricula relevant to the areas of science in which the Centre operates.

By unifying excellence in research, authenticity in science, and a commitment to society, the institute network of the Academy is set to produce values for both national and international success in Hungarian and universal science. Building on our national research traditions, being part of the only full-time research institute network in Hungary, our primary aim is to play a fundamental role in promoting the common weal and in building the foundation for our future through valuable scientific achievements based on highly promising discovery research.

In the MICROPROD project, MTA KRTK is involved through its Firms, Strategy and Performance research group.

Paris School of Economics

Paris School of Economics aims to develop economics research of the highest international standard and to disseminate the results. It brings together a community of 140 researchers and around 180 PhD students, and offers teaching in Masters courses at the cutting edge of the discipline. In the international ranking published by RePEc (Research Papers in Economics), PSE is among the Top 7 Economics departments in the world, and in the Top 13 Institutions. Founded by the CNRS, the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales, the École Normale Supérieure, the École des Ponts-ParisTech, INRA, and the University of Paris 1 Panthéon Sorbonne, the PSE project involves private and institutional partners. Now firmly established as a feature on the global academic landscape, PSE promotes exchanges between economic analysis and the other social sciences, delivers its scholarship to a broad public, and supports the work of its teams in multiple partnerships with public institutions and private organisations.

Main research themes at PSE include: Globalisation and development, Economic history, Macroeconomics and monetary economics, Markets, Risk and Organisation, Microeconomics: behaviour, interactions and equilibrium, Public Economics, Labour Economics and Inequality.

In the MICROPROD project, EEP PSE is involved via the participation of Prof. Lionel Fontagné.

Free University Amsterdam

Ever since the university was founded in 1880, VU Amsterdam has been known for its distinctive approach to knowledge. VU is an open organisation, strongly linked to people and society. What matters is not just the acquisition of a greater depth of knowledge, but also a wider one.

Academic research and education at VU is characterised by a high level of ambition, and encourages free and open communications and ideas. VU stands for universal university values such as academic freedom and independence, which is reflected in our name (‘VU’ is the Dutch abbreviation for ‘free university’): free from the church, state and any
commercial interest.

From these core values, the scientific staff from the School of Business and Economics will be involved strongly in the statistical and empirical section of the work packages, particularly as they pertain to looking further for than existing knowledge for evidence based guidance to policy for people and society. The researchers have a long and deep track record in digging deeper into the statistical measurement in order to come up with novel and policy relevant views on the functioning and performance of firms in their task of converting society’s primary resources into socially valued goods and services.

Federal Statistical Office of Germany

The Federal Statistical Office of Germany (Statistisches Bundesamt / DESTATIS) is the National Statistical Institute of Germany and as such part of the European Statistical System (ESS). DESTATIS is the leading provider of high-quality official statistical information on Germany and provides the statistical information required for the development of an informed opinion and the decision making processes in a democratic society. Its work is based on the principles of neutrality, objectivity and scientific independence as well as data confidentiality regarding the micro data placed at its disposal.

DESTATIS is one of the largest national statistical offices in the European Union. DESTATIS is in charge of producing and disseminating federal results, which does not only include supplying statistics, but also advising users and providing specially processed data material for specific problems.

One focus of the work of DESTATIS is research and the development of new methods and techniques regarding federal statistics. Providing the scientific community with anonymised microdata and supplying results of the integrated statistical system, like national accounts, are areas of federal statistics which have increasingly gained in importance.

University College London

Known as ‘London’s Global University’, University College London (UCL) employs 4,000 academic and research staff in over 50 departments and institutes. UCL has a global reputation for excellence in research and is committed to delivering impact and innovations that enhance the lives of people in the UK, across Europe and around the world.

In the MICROPROD project, UCL will be involved through its European Research and Innovation Office and will provide high-quality management support to the Coordinator.

UCL has extensive experience in managing EU funded projects under FP4, FP5, FP6, FP7 and Horizon 2020. UCL is currently involved in more than 500 EU-funded projects, of which more than 340 are funded through Horizon 2020. Based on a research strategy that is oriented around a series of ambitious “Grand Challenges”, including ‘Human wellbeing’, UCL nurtures thriving and engaged communities of world-leading academics across the entire research and innovation spectrum, from arts and humanities to the basic and applied sciences and healthcare. Complementing its leading research and innovation portfolio, UCL is internationally recognised as a centre of excellence for science communication.