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Gábor Békés

Senior research fellow, Center for Economic and Regional Studies, Hungary

Gábor Békés is a senior research fellow at the Research Centre for Economic and Regional Studies, Hungarian Academy of Sciences, and a research affiliate at CEPR. He teaches regional and urban economics and data analysis at the Central European University in Budapest. He received his PhD in 2007 from the Central European Univer sity, and an MSc in economics from the London School of Economics. His research is focused on international trade, regional development and the performance and internationalisation of firms. His work was published among others by the Journal of International Economics, Regional Science and Urban Economics or Economic Policy. He is an author of Bruegel Blueprint #15 on crisis and European firms.

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The knowns and unknowns of the European competitiveness debate

Micro-economic features of economic systems can have a major impact on national performance. Policymakers should therefore reconfigure their scoreboards to reflect the roles played in a country’s economic growth by large internationalized firms, global value chains or resource reallocation.

By: Carlo Altomonte, Gábor Békés and Bruegel Topic: Digital economy and innovation Date: April 27, 2016
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Measuring competitiveness in Europe: resource allocation, granularity and trade

This new Bruegel Blueprint provides a differentiated understanding of growth, productivity and competitiveness and the important role public policy needs to play.

By: Carlo Altomonte, Gábor Békés and Bruegel Topic: Macroeconomic policy Date: January 28, 2016
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Internationalisation and innovation of firms

The analysis suggests that policymakers should coordinate, if not integrate, innovation and internationalisation policies in order to boost productivity and growth.

By: Carlo Altomonte, Tommaso Aquilante, Gábor Békés and Gianmarco Ottaviano Topic: Digital economy and innovation Date: March 22, 2014
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Still standing: how European firms weathered the crisis - The third EFIGE policy report

This report is part of the EFIGE project  and makes use of the data collected during 2009, a especially turbulent time for European firms. It provides fascinating conclusions showing for example that despite a synchronised, substantial macro-economic shock, the response of firms across Europe was rather diverse, with some of them managing to fare very well in the hardest hit industries and regions. The stylised facts presented in this report are important to bear in mind at a time when Europe is heading for another severe downturn.

By: Gábor Békés, László Halpern, Miklós Koren and Balázs Muraközy Topic: Digital economy and innovation, Macroeconomic policy Date: December 22, 2011