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Labour productivity and foreign ownership in the UK



Previous studies have found that in manufacturing foreign-owned companies have a substantial productivity lead over domestically-owned ones, but is the same true in the rest of the economy? We investigate this question using a very large database of company accounts. The answer is yes. After controlling for industrial composition and other factors, foreign ownership was found to raise productivity by about a third in non-manufacturing. The foreign productivity lead, which is about the same over UK subsidiaries as over UK independents, can very largely be explained by higher capital per employee and a more skilled labour force.

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  • Nick Oulton, 1998. "Labour productivity and foreign ownership in the UK," National Institute of Economic and Social Research (NIESR) Discussion Papers 143, National Institute of Economic and Social Research.
  • Handle: RePEc:nsr:niesrd:199

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