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Inward investment and technical progress in the United Kingdom manufacturing sector

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  • Nigel Pain

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This paper investigates the impact of inward investment by foreign-owned companies on technical progress, and hence labour productivity, in the UK manufacturing sector. Using an industry-level panel data set we find that foreign-owned firms have a significant positive effect on the level of technical efficiency in domestic firms. There is evidence of significant intra-industry and inter-industry spilovers from inward investment. These findings remain robust even when other factors such as imports and domestic R&D expenditures are allowed for. Inward investment appears much more important source of technical progress than foreign trade. We also find that the impact of inward investment varies according to the nationality of the investing firm.

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Paper provided by National Institute of Economic and Social Research in its series NIESR Discussion Papers with number 167.

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Date of creation: Dec 2000
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Handle: RePEc:nsr:niesrd:167

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  1. Hannes Leeb & Benedikt M. Potscher, 2003. "Can One Estimate the Conditional Distribution of Post-Model-Selection Estimators?," Cowles Foundation Discussion Papers 1444, Cowles Foundation for Research in Economics, Yale University.
  2. Apostolos Thomadakis, 2012. "Contagion or Flight-to-Quality Phenomena in Stock and Bond Returns," School of Economics Discussion Papers 0612, School of Economics, University of Surrey.

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