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CEP discussion paper
Productivity Growth, Convergence, and Trade in a Panel of Manufacturing Industries
G Cameron, J Proudman and Stephen Redding
June 1999
Paper No' CEPDP0428:

This paper analyses the determinants of productivity growth in a panel of UK manufacturing industries. Two potential sources of productivity growth are identified: domestic innovation and technology transfer from a frontier economy. We examine the roles played by R & D expenditure and international trade in explaining each source of productivity growth. R & D expenditure is found to raise the domestic rate of innovation, while international trade facilitates the transfer of technologies to the non-frontier economy.