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The Impact of Entry into WTO on Chinese Enterprise Productivity (w/ L. Brandt, L. Wang, Y. Zhang), October 2012, CEPR Discussion Paper No. 9166.

Functional Upgrading in China's Export Processing Sector (w/ A. Van Assche), submitted,

International Competition and Firm Performance (w/ Jan De Loecker, Catherine Fuss), October 2014, NBB Working Paper No. 269.

Productivity, Exporting and Financial Constraints of Chinese SMEs, April 2014, IDB Working Paper No. 506.


"The Extensive Margin of Differentiated Goods and Trade Liberalization: Evidence from China" (w/ Y. Yi)

"Strategic Trade Liberalization" (w/ Hang Gao, Frank Verboven)

"Evaluation of Export Promotion Policies in Belgium" (w/ Annette Schminke)

"Outsourcing and Relationship Governance in the Auto Industry" (w/ Alexander Schmitt)

"Employment Performance Following Takeovers in Belgium" (w/ Karen Geurts)


In-house Production versus Specific Forms of Supplier Governance: Testing Predictions of the Global Value Chains Model (w/ A. Schmitt), forthcoming, International Journal of Automotive Technology and Management

Firm Creation and post-entry dynamics of de novo entrants (w/ K. Geurts), International Journal of Industrial Organization, November 2016, 49: 59-104.

Did Export Promotion Help Firms Weather the Crisis? (w/ J. Konings and C. Volpe Martincus), Economic Policy, October 2016, 31(88): 653-702.

The Relationship between Market Structure and Innovation in Industry Equilibrium: A Case Study of the Global Automobile Industry (w/ A. Hashmi), Review of Economics and Statistics, March 2016, 98(1): 192-208.

The Impact of Trade Promotion Services on Canadian Exporter Performance (w/ E. Yu and S. Chen), Canadian Journal of Economics , November 2015, 48(4): 1481-1512.

Interdependent Product Cycles for Globally Sourced Intermediates (w/ L. Zhang), Journal of International Economics , September 2014, 94(1): 143-156. Online Appendix

Challenges of Working with the Chinese NBS Firm-level Data (w/ L. Brandt and Y. Zhang), China Economic Review September 2014, 30: 339-352.

Effects of Deregulation and Vertical Unbundling on the Performance of China's Electricity Generation Sector (w/ H. Gao), Journal of Industrial Economics, March 2014, 62(1): 41-76.

Outsourcing when Investments are Specific and Interrelated (w/ A. Lileeva), Journal of the European Economic Association, August 2013, 11(4): 871-896. Online Appendix

Proximity Strategies in Outsourcing Relations: The Role of Geographical, Cultural, and Relational Proximity in the European Automotive Industry" (w/ A. Schmitt), Journal of International Business Studies, June/July 2013, 44(5): 475-503.

Using Export Market Performance to Evaluate Regional Preferential Policies in China (w/ A. Schminke), Review of World Economics, June 2013, 149(20: 343-367.

Governing the Ice. Ice Fishing Villages on Lake Mille Lacs and the Creation of Environmental Governance Institutions (w/ K. Van Assche, J. Holm), Journal of Environmental Planning and Management, 2014, 57(8): 1122-1144.

Creative Accounting or Creative Destruction? Firm-level Productivity Growth in Chinese Manufacturing (w/ L. Brandt, Y. Zhang), Journal of Development Economics, March 2012, 97(2):339-351. Online Appendix

Wages Equal Productivity. Fact or Fiction? World Development, August 2011, 39(8): 1333-1346.

Dissecting Intra-Industry Trade, Economics Letters, February 2011, 110(2): 71-75.

Global Value Chains in the Automotive Industry: An Enhanced Role for Developing Countries?, (w/ T. Sturgeon), Int. J. Technological Learning, Innovation and Development, 2011, 4(1-3): 181-205.

Trade Growth Following the African Growth and Opportunity Act (w/ G. Frazer), Review of Economics and Statistics, February 2010, 92(1): 128-144.

Bidding for Investment Projects: Smart Public Policy or Corporate Welfare?, Canadian Public Policy, April 2010, 36: 31-47.

Disaggregate Productivity Comparisons: Sectoral Convergence in OECD Countries, Journal of Productivity Analysis, October 2009, 32(2): 63-79.

Globalisation of the Automotive Industry: Main Features and Trends (w/ T. Sturgeon, O., G. Gereffi), Int. J. Technological Learning, Innovation, and Development, 2009, 2(1-2): 7-24.

The North American Automotive Value Chain: Canada's Role and Prospects (w/ T. Sturgeon, G. Gereffi), Int. J. Technological Learning, Innovation, and Development 2009, 2(1-2): 25-52.

The Sensitivity of Productivity Estimates: Revisiting Three Important Debates, Journal of Business and Economic Statistics, July 2008, 26(3): 311-328.

Governments at the Bidding Table, New Zealand Economic Papers, December 2008, 42(2): 213-232.

Value Chains, Networks, and Clusters: Reframing the Global Automotive Industry (w/ T. Sturgeon, G. Gereffi), Journal of Economic Geography, May 2008, 8(3): 297-321.

Understanding Cross-country Differences in Export. Comparable Evidence for 14 Countries (w/ ISGEP), Review of World Economics, December 2008, 144(4): 596-635.

Aggregating and Decomposing Productivity, Review of Business and Economics, April-June 2008, 53(2): 122-146.

Wage and Productivity Premiums in Sub-Saharan Africa, in CEPR volume The Analysis of Firms and Employees, 2008.

Complementarities in Automobile Production, Journal of Applied Econometrics, December 2007, 22(7): 1315-1345.

The Cost of Flexibility, Assembly Automation, March 2007, 27(1): 55-64.

Robustness of Productivity Estimates, Journal of Industrial Economics, September 2007, 55(3): 529-539.

Protection for Sale with Imperfect Rent Capturing, (w/ G. Facchini, G. Willmann), Canadian Journal of Economics, August 2006, 39(3): 845-873.

Exporting Raises Productivity in sub-Saharan African Manufacturing Firms, Journal of International Economics, December 2005, 67(2): 373-391.

Firm Size Matters: Growth and Productivity Growth in African Manufacturing, Economic Development and Cultural Change, April 2005, 53(3): 545-584.

Productivity Dynamics with Technology Choice: An Application to Automobile Assembly, Review of Economic Studies, January 2003, 70(1): 167-198.

The Effect of Technology Choice on Automobile Assembly Plant Productivity, Economic and Social Review, Spring 2002, 33(1): 65-73.


The Effect of International Competition on Firm Productivity and Market Power (w/ J. De Loecker), book chapter in, Oxford Handbook of Productivity Analysis (forthcoming)

Hoe Duurzaam is het Chinese Bestuursmodel?, Leuvense Economische Standpunt No. 157 (2016)

Jobcreatie door Starters, Over Werk - Tijdschrift voor het Steunpunt WSE (2015)

Jobcreatie door Starters, Leuvense Economische Standpunt (Short) No. 141 (2014)

Metaforum KU Leuven - Middaggesprek met Peter Mertens & Jo Van Biesebroeck, Ethische Perspectieven, Juni 2013, 23(4): 409-420.

Trends and Complementarities in the Canadian Automobile Industry, book chapter in Industrial Organization in Canada: Empirical Evidence and Policy Challenges (2011)

Effects of the 2008?9 Crisis on the Automotive Industry in Developing Countries: A Global Value Chain Perspective, (w/ T. Sturgeon), in World Bank book, Global Value Chains in a Postcrisis World: A Development Perspective (2010) WB Research Digest (p. 6)

The Impact of Trade and Technology Adoption on Production Flexibility in Canadian Manufacturing (w/ A. Lileeva) in Trade Policy Research 2009 (2010)

The Impact of Trade Promotion Services on Canadian Exporter Performance (w/ E. Yu, S. Chen) in Trade Policy Research 2009 (2010)

Introduction: The Automobile and Its Industry in Canada (w/ D. Anastakis), Canadian Public Policy (2010)

Welk Beleid voor de (Vlaamse) Auto Industry, Leuvense Economische Standpunt No. 126 (2009)

Crisis and Protection in the Automotive Industry: A Global Value Chain Perspective (w/ T. Sturgeon), in CEPR/World Bank book, Effective Crisis Response and Openness: Implications for the Trading System (2009)

The Canadian Automotive Market, in Trade Policy Research 2006 (2007)

Capability Building in China's Auto Supply Chains (w/ L. Brandt), in Conference Proceedings: Offshore Outsourcing (2005)

Outsourcing Multiple Parts to Many Countries: An Application to the Automotive Industry (w/ L. Zhang), in Conference Proceedings: Offshore Outsourcing (2005)


- for European Commission: Studies for DG-Agri (2016), DG-Trade (2013, 2015), DG-Devco (2014)

- for World Bank: Functional Upgrading in China's Export Processing Sector (2016); The Impact of the Crisis on the Auto Sector in Developing Countries (2010)

- for Asian Development Bank: Diversification, ownership and control of China's state-owned enterprises (2014); Productivity growth of Chinese SOEs (2015)

- for Inter-American Development Bank: Productivity, Exporting and Financial Constraints of Chinese SMEs (2014) pdf

- for National Bank of Belgium: International Competition and Firm Performance: Evidence for Belgium (2014) pdf; The Construction of Competitiveness Indicators (2013)

- for International Labour Organization: How Tight Is the Link between Wages and Productivity? A Survey of the Literature, Conditions of Work and Employment Series No. 54 (2015) pdf

- for Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada (DFAIT): Impact of FTAs on Canadian Auto Industry (2012) pdf

- for JAMA Canada: FTAs, Auto Tariffs & Trade Policy (2010) pdf

- for OECD & International Transport Forum: The Demand for and the Supply of Fuel Efficiency in Models of Industrial Organization (2010) pdf

- for Industry Canada: Impediments and Facilitators of Technology Adoption and Diffusion. A Literature Survey of the Last 10 Years (2007) pdf

- for OECD: Performance and Regulatory Patterns in the OECD Countries (1998)


University of Leuven
- Michael Rubens (ongoing)
- Karen Geurts (2016)
- Annette Schminke (w/ G. Willmann, 2015)
- Alex Schmitt (2015)
- Toni Glaser (w/ G. Willmann, 2015)
- Gao Hang (2014)
University of Toronto
- Zhang Lijun (first placement: Shanghai Jiao Tong University, 2008)
- Hankook Kim (first placement: Industry Canada, 2008)
- Jean Eid (w/ E. Choo, first placement: Wilfrid Laurier University, 2007)
- Aamir Hashmi (w/ D. Restuccia, first placement National University of Singapore, 2007)

- Program Financing University of Leuven, Principal Investigator: F. Verboven, (2010-2017) website
- ERC Starting Grant (2009-2014) website
- IMVP Operating Grants (2006-07, 2007-09)
- AUTO21, Network of Centers of Excellence (2005-07, 2007-09)
- SSHRC (Canada), Standard Research Grant & Initiative on the New Economy (2002-05, 2006-07, 2006-09)
- Canada Foundation for Innovation, New Opportunities Award & Ontario Innovation Trust (2003-06)
- National Science Foundation (USA) (1999-2001)