Knowledge Accumulation and Productivity: Evidence from Plant Level Data for Ireland
University of Nottingham, Research Paper Series No. 2005/04
25 Pages Posted: 2 Aug 2005
Date Written: 2005
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 of multinational activity possibly driving this result.
Keywords: research and development (R&D),exporting,training,productivity,foreign ownership
JEL Classification: L2, H2, F2, O3
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