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Multinationals and U.S. Productivity Leadership: Evidence from Great Britain

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  • Chiara Criscuolo

    (Centre for Economic Performance (CEP), London School of Economics (LSE))

  • Ralf Martin

    (Centre for Economic Performance (CEP), London School of Economics (LSE))

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We study the productivity of U.S. and other foreign-owned plants in the United Kingdom. Using a new data set that can identify for the first time domestic U.K. MNEs in such a study, we find that U.K. MNEs are less productive than U.S. affiliates, but as productive as non-U.S. foreign affiliates. Exploiting dynamic variation in our data, we find evidence suggesting that this additional U.S. advantage is due to the takeover of already highly productive U.K. plants rather than the sharing of superior firm-specific assets. The study also features a novel approach to TFP calculation. Copyright by the President and Fellows of Harvard College and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

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  • Chiara Criscuolo & Ralf Martin, 2009. "Multinationals and U.S. Productivity Leadership: Evidence from Great Britain," The Review of Economics and Statistics, MIT Press, vol. 91(2), pages 263-281, May.
  • Handle: RePEc:tpr:restat:v:91:y:2009:i:2:p:263-281
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    JEL classification:

    • F23 - International Economics - - International Factor Movements and International Business - - - Multinational Firms; International Business
    • L60 - Industrial Organization - - Industry Studies: Manufacturing - - - General

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