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Multinationals, R&D and productivity: Evidence for UK Manufacturing firms

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  • Dolores Añon Higon

    ()
    (ERI-CES)

  • Miguel Manjon Antolin

    ()
    (Universidad Rovira i Virgili)

  • Juan A. Mañez

    ()
    (ERI-CES)

Abstract

In this study we analyze multinationality (domestic-based firms vs. multinationals) and foreignness (foreign vs. domestic firms) effects in the returns of R&D to productivity. We follow a two-step strategy. In the first step, we consistently estimate firm’s productivity by GMM and numerically compute the sample distribution of the R&D returns. In the second step, we use stochastic dominance techniques to make inferences on the multinationality and foreignness effects. Results for a panel of UK manufacturing firms suggest that multinationality and foreignness effects operate in an opposite way: whilst the multinationality effect enhances R&D returns, the foreignness diminishes them.

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Paper provided by University of Valencia, ERI-CES in its series Discussion Papers in Economic Behaviour with number 1110.

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Keywords: multinationals; foreignness; R&D; productivity;

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  1. Teixeira, Aurora A.C. & Tavares-Lehmann, Ana Teresa, 2014. "Human capital intensity in technology-based firms located in Portugal: Does foreign ownership matter?," Research Policy, Elsevier, vol. 43(4), pages 737-748.

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