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Multinationals, R&D and productivity: Evidence for UK Manufactoring firms

  • Añón Higón, Dolores
  • Manjón Antolín, Miguel C.
  • Máñez, Juan A.

In this study we analyze multinationality (domestic-based firms vs. multinationals) and foreignness (foreign vs. domestic firms) effects in the returns of R&D to productivity. We follow a two-step strategy. In the first step, we consistently ''s productivity by GMM and numerically compute the sample distribution of the R&D returns. In the second step, we use stochastic dominance techniques to make inferences on the multinationality and foreignness effects. Results for a panel of UK manufacturing firms suggest that multinationality and foreignness effects operate in an opposite way: whilst the multinationality effect enhances R&D returns, the foreignness diminishes them.

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Paper provided by Universitat Rovira i Virgili, Department of Economics in its series Working Papers with number 2072/151616.

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