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Winners and Losers: Spatial variations in labour productivity in England and Wales

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  • Don J. Webber

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    (Department of Business Economics, Auckland University of Technology and Department of Economics, UWE, Bristol)

  • Michael Horswell

    (Faculty of the Built and Natural Environment, University of the West of England, UK)

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This paper presents an investigation into the static and dynamic spatial pattern of aggregate labour productivity across England and Wales at the district and unit authority level. This analysis is complemented by plant-level regressions to identify the contribution of industrial sectors to each NUTS1 region’s average labour productivity. Using data for 1998 and 2005, our exploratory data analysis illustrates that there are stable spatial patterns in levels of labour productivity and that labour productivity change does not appear to be spatially dependent, at least not at this spatial scale. Furthermore the economic importance of different sectors to different regions evolves over time, which makes regional industrial policy formation problematic.

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Paper provided by Department of Accounting, Economics and Finance, Bristol Business School, University of the West of England, Bristol in its series Working Papers with number 0912.

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Length: 28 pages
Date of creation: Jul 2009
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Handle: RePEc:uwe:wpaper:0912

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Keywords: Labour productivity; districts and local authorities; sectors; spatial autocorrelation;

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  1. Daniel Traca, 2005. "Labor markets and kaleidoscopic comparative advantage," ULB Institutional Repository 2013/9223, ULB -- Universite Libre de Bruxelles.
  2. Don J. Webber & Michael Horswell, 2009. "Microeconomic foundations of geographical variations in labour productivity," Working Papers 0913, Department of Accounting, Economics and Finance, Bristol Business School, University of the West of England, Bristol.
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