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SERC/Urban and Spatial Programme Discussion Paper

Plant-level Determinants of Total Factor Productivity in Great Britain, 1997-2006


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.


Richard Harris and John Moffat

January 2011     Paper Number SERCDP0064

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