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Corporate Restructuring and Labor Productivity Growth

  • Hakkala, Katariina

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    (The Research Institute of Industrial Economics)

This paper analyzes corporate restructuring and its role in generating labor productivity growth in a sample of large Swedish manufacturing corporations. It is found that external restructuring, including ownership changes, start-ups and closures of plants, accounted for up to 47 percent of the productivity growth of the sample of corporations during the 1986-96 period. The results indicate that the productivity of large multi-plant corporations grew almost twice as fast as that of single-plant firms with the same internal productivity growth, thanks to their organizational flexibility. Divestitures of low productive plants were found to play a particularly important role in the replacement process generating productivity growth. The effect of external restructuring on productivity is to some extent explained by a shift towards a more skill-intensive production.

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Paper provided by Research Institute of Industrial Economics in its series Working Paper Series with number 619.

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Length: 33 pages
Date of creation: 28 Feb 2004
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Handle: RePEc:hhs:iuiwop:0619
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