Knowledge Accumulation, and Productivity: Evidence from Plant-Level Data for Ireland

15 Pages Posted: 22 Jul 2005

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Mark Cassidy

Central Bank of Ireland

Holger Görg

University of Kiel; Kiel Institute for the World Economy

Eric Strobl

Ecole Polytechnique, Paris - Department of Economic Sciences; IZA Institute of Labor Economics

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Abstract

This paper investigates whether knowledge accumulating activities, such as exporting, R&D, or worker training, can enhance plants' productivity. To this end, we use plant-level panel data for Irish manufacturing. Our results importantly indicate that productivity enhancing effects of these factors are found only for domestic firms, but not for foreign multinationals located in Ireland. We postulate a number of potential reasons inherent to multinational activity possibly driving this result.

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Cassidy, Mark and Gorg, Holger and Strobl, Eric, Knowledge Accumulation, and Productivity: Evidence from Plant-Level Data for Ireland. Scottish Journal of Political Economy, Vol. 52, No. 3, pp. 344-358, July 2005, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=758631

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