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Productivity convergence and foreign ownership at the establishment level

Griffith, Rachel and Redding, Stephen and Simpson, Helen (2003) Productivity convergence and foreign ownership at the establishment level. 573. Centre for Economic Performance, London School of Economics and Political Science, London, UK.

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Abstract

This paper investigates whether there is convergence in Total Factor Productivity towards the technological frontier at the establishment level. We find convergence to the frontier is statistically and quantitatively important, suggesting the existence of technology spillovers. Foreign multinationals make up a significant proportion of establishments at the technological frontier, and therefore make a contribution to productivity growth through technology transfer. We also find evidence that increased foreign presence within an industry raises the speed of convergence to the technological frontier.

Item Type: Monograph (Discussion Paper)
Official URL: http://cep.lse.ac.uk/
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HB Economic Theory
H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor
JEL classification: O - Economic Development, Technological Change, and Growth > O4 - Economic Growth and Aggregate Productivity > O47 - Measurement of Economic Growth; Aggregate Productivity; Cross-Country Output (Income) Convergence
O - Economic Development, Technological Change, and Growth > O3 - Technological Change; Research and Development > O33 - Technological Change: Choices and Consequences; Diffusion Processes
F - International Economics > F2 - International Factor Movements and International Business > F23 - Multinational Firms; International Business
Sets: Collections > Economists Online
Research centres and groups > Centre for Economic Performance (CEP)
Departments > Economics
Date Deposited: 05 Mar 2008 10:10
Last Modified: 01 Oct 2010 08:50
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/3666

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