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Productivity Impacts and Spillovers from Foreign Ownership in the United Kingdom

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  • Richard Harris

    (University of Newcastle upon Tyne)

  • Catherine Robinson

    (National Institute of Economic and Social Research, kate.robinson@niesr.ac.uk)

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In this paper, we measure the indirect impact of FDI on the total factor productivity of domestic plants in a number of UK manufacturing industries, 1974-95, using a standard production-function-based approach. We use data from the UK ARD and information derived from UK input-output tables. Our results indicate that the competition and ‘absorption capacity’ effect at times outweighs potential benefits, leading to negative spillovers. We also find that inter-industry spillovers are generally more prevalent than intra-industry spillovers. We conclude that the nature of spillovers is such that measurement techniques traditionally adopted fail to explain adequately their complex and diverse nature.

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Article provided by National Institute of Economic and Social Research in its journal National Institute Economic Review.

Volume (Year): 187 (2004)
Issue (Month): 1 (January)
Pages: 58-75

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Handle: RePEc:sae:niesru:v:187:y:2004:i:1:p:58-75

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