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Plant-Level Productivity and the Market Value of a Firm

  • Douglas W Dwyer
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    Some plants are more productive than others – at least in terms of how productivity is conventionally measured. Do these differences represent an intangible asset? Does the stock market place a higher value on firms with highly productive plants? This paper tests this hypothesis with a new data set. We merge plant-level fundamental variables with firm-level financial variables. We find that firms with highly productive plants have higher market valuations as measured by Tobin's q – productivity does indeed have a price.

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    Paper provided by Center for Economic Studies, U.S. Census Bureau in its series Working Papers with number 01-03.

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    Date of creation: Jun 2001
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    Handle: RePEc:cen:wpaper:01-03
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