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SERC/Urban and Spatial Programme Discussion Paper
Plant-level Determinants of Total Factor Productivity in Great Britain, 1997-2006
Richard Harris and John Moffat
January 2011
Paper No' SERCDP0064:
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JEL Classification: C23; D24; R12

Tags: productivity; plant level tfp; spatial ‘place’ effects; foreign-owned plants

This paper examines the determinants of total factor productivity (TFP) using a GB plant-level dataset. Using a systems-GMM approach, it considers the role of the following four plant characteristics: internal and external knowledge; foreign ownership, multi-plant economies of scale and competition; and spatial spillovers and ‘place’ effects. The sample is disaggregated into manufacturing and services and by technology to show any differences across sectors.