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Call for Papers: Workshop on Empirical Research on Productivity and Innovation

Workshop on Empirical Research on Productivity and Innovation
Asian Development Bank Institute, National University of Singapore Business School, and the Productivity Research Network (PRN)
Asian Development Bank Institute, Tokyo
11-12 January 2018

Researchers at the Business School of the National University of Singapore (NUS) have created the Productivity Research Network (PRN), in collaboration with the Asian Bureau of Financial and Economic Research (ABFER), and the Asian Development Bank Institute (ADBI). The objective of the Network is to promote empirically-based research on productivity drivers for Asia and the Pacific countries, and at the same time also stimulating more complete firm-level information gathering.

The workshop will provide an opportunity to members of the network and other invited researchers to discuss state-of-the-art research on productivity, as well as the possibility of establishing concrete collaboration. We expect this meeting to also provide an impetus for improved data collection within the region aimed at fostering interaction between senior and junior researchers working with firm-level data, and allowing more solid research and policy analysis. In this second workshop, the focus will be on the ways in which market forces can stimulate innovation and spur productivity growth. How do companies in Asia and the Pacific cope with new competitive forces and shifts in international supply chains? Do they become more innovative, seek alternative markets, or scale down? What is the role of openness and internationalization? Do new technologies and new business models help the improvement of productivity, the efficiency of R&D spending, and the fostering of innovation? What is the role of finance in promoting innovation and productivity growth?

The organisation committee invites researchers to submit--for presentation at the 11-12 January, 2018 PRN Workshop in Tokyo--unpublished papers, which are empirically based on firm level data and that address one or more of the following topics:

  • Measurement of firm productivity: Methodologies and cross-country comparability
  • Financial, technological, and institutional drivers of productivity growth
  • Productivity dispersion across firms
  • Effect of financial regulation on industry structure, innovation, and productivity
  • Effects of global value chains on firm innovation and productivity
  • Productivity and financial and economic resilience
  • Competition, market fragmentation, and productivity
  • New funding models for the financing of startups and SMEs
  • The role of start-ups in value creation and supply chain innovation
  • The role of digitalization in innovation, entrepreneurship, and productivity
  • The provision of government innovation incentives
  • The role of credit data, big data, and other financial infrastructure to promote innovation and productivity

Members of the PRN are also very welcome to attend, and will possibly be asked to discuss papers and present progress in data gathering and applications (please feel free to signal your availability).

Program Committee:

  • Cristian Badarinza (National University of Singapore)
  • Andy Feng (Ministry of Trade and Industry – Singapore)
  • Gee Hee Hong (IMF)
  • Filippo di Mauro (National University of Singapore)
  • Peter Morgan (ADBI-Tokyo)
  • Johan Sulaeman (National University of Singapore)
  • Kennichi Ueda (University of Tokyo)
  • Yanbo Wang (National University of Singapore)

Submission Deadlines:

Please email the paper or extended abstract submissions as a pdf file to [email protected], with the subject title: PRN workshop Tokyo by 1 November 2017. Only electronic submissions will be considered. Inclusion in the Program will be confirmed by 10 November 2017. The Workshop program will be circulated by 20 November 2017. Very limited financing is available (possibly for junior and promising researchers) to attend the Workshop. Participants are expected to take care of their own travel and accommodation expenses. ADBI will host a dinner for the participants on the evening of 11 January 2018.