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The impact of higher education institution-firm knowledge links on firm-level productivity in Britain

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This article estimates whether knowledge links with universities impact on establishment-level Total Factor Productivity (TFP). Using propensity score matching, the results show a positive and statistically significant impact although there are differences across production and nonproduction industries and domestically and foreign-owned firms.

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  • R. Harris & Q. C. Li & J. Moffat, 2011. "The impact of higher education institution-firm knowledge links on firm-level productivity in Britain," Applied Economics Letters, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 18(13), pages 1243-1246.
  • Handle: RePEc:taf:apeclt:v:18:y:2011:i:13:p:1243-1246
    DOI: 10.1080/13504851.2010.532098
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    1. John R. Madden, 2017. "University location and city development: the effects of Victoria University on the Western Melbourne economy," Centre of Policy Studies/IMPACT Centre Working Papers g-272, Victoria University, Centre of Policy Studies/IMPACT Centre.
    2. Hermannsson, Kristinn & Lisenkova, Katerina & Lecca, Patrizio & McGregor, Peter G. & Swales, Kim, 2012. "The system-wide impacts of the external benefits to higher education on the Scottish economy: An exploratory micro-to-macro approach," SIRE Discussion Papers 2012-70, Scottish Institute for Research in Economics (SIRE).
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    JEL classification:

    • D24 - Microeconomics - - Production and Organizations - - - Production; Cost; Capital; Capital, Total Factor, and Multifactor Productivity; Capacity
    • I23 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Education - - - Higher Education; Research Institutions

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