The Competitiveness of firms, regions and industry in the knowledge-based economy: What room for job-rich growth in Europe? (MICRO-DYN)

Client/Funding Institution

European Commission, 6th Framework Programme


MICRO-DYN dealt with growth, employment and competitiveness in the knowledge-based European economy through a micro-founded firm-based approach. The nature of the analysis was 'bottom-up' i.e. moving from the micro-entities of economic actions and strategies at the enterprise level to sectoral, regional, national and European levels. The rationale for such an approach was that understanding the microeconomic foundations of innovation, competitiveness and growth at the firm level, as well as the firms interactions with the labour market, is key to understanding the nature of these phenomena at a more aggregated (regional, sectoral or macro) level and of the resulting aggregate economic performance. The analysis used as far as possible comprehensive data-sets across all European regions and industries. wiiw co-ordinated a consortium of 17 research institutions.


October 2006 - January 2011


wiiw team Leader

Michael Landesmann

wiiw Staff

Neil Foster-McGregor, Doris Hanzl-Weiss, Ronald Hartwig, Veronika Janyrova, Sandra M. Leitner, Sebastian Leitner, Roman Römisch, Monika Schwarzhappel, Robert Stehrer, Roman Stöllinger

Project Partners

Centre for Economic and Strategic Research (CESR), Département d´Econométrie et d´Economie Politique, Université de Lausanne (DEEP), Institut für Angewandte Wirtschaftsforschung e.V. (IAW); Institute of Economics, Hungarian Academy of Sciences (IEHAS), Fondazione Eni Enrico Mattei (FEEM), Centre for technology, innovation and culture, University of Oslo (TIK), Norwegian Institute of International Affairs (NUPI), Groningen Growth and Development Centre, University of Groningen (GGDC), Royal Institute of Technology (KTH), Institute of Economic Research (IER), European Economy Group, University of Madrid (GRIPICO), Judge Business School, University of Cambridge (Judge), Alphametrics Limited, CASE-Center for Social and Economic Research (CASE), L'Equipe de Recherche sur l'Utilisation des Données Individuelles Temporelles en Economie , Université Paris XII Val de Marne (ERUDITE), National Bank of Poland (PNB)

Keywords: labour market, skills, competitiveness, Industrial Organisation, innovation, regional development

Countries covered: EU27

Research Areas: Labour, Migration and Income Distribution, International Trade, Competitiveness and FDI, Regional Development, Sectoral studies