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This GFP project which is launched in the context of the 2021 Annual Conference of the GFP co-organised by the G20 Italian Presidency, uncovers new evidence about the role of the skill and the demographic structure of firms and their relationship with productivity performance. It relies on a large scale data collection effort, thanks to our partners in national institutions, academia and related OECD projects (LinkEED and Age Diversity) with access to rich linked employer-employee microdata for the universe of private sector companies. This allows us to document how the skill composition of the most productive firms – the “frontier” – differs from that of a typical firm; what managerial characteristics these top performers have; and how these patterns vary by sector in 10 countries over the period 2000-2018.

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Telework, productivity and well-being post-COVID-19

Firms at the productivity frontier rely on more high skilled employees

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Country-specific work from our partners on skills, managers and ownership

Belgium: 

"The return on human (STEM) capital in Belgium"
By Gert Bijnens and Emmanuel Dhyne

France:

 "A new approach to skills mismatch"
By Amandine Brun-Schammé and Martin Rey 

Italy: 

 Productivity and Human Capital - The Italian case"
By Camilla Andretta, Irene Brunetti and Anna Rosso 

Portugal:

 "Employee training and firm performance"
By Pedro S. Martins

"Financial distress and the role of management in micro and small-sized firms"
By Fernando Alexandre, Sara Cruz and Miguel Portela 

 > Access the working paper series