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Characteristics of Foreign-Owned Firms in British Manufacturing

Rachel Griffith, Helen Simpson

NBER Working Paper No. 9573
Issued in March 2003
NBER Program(s):   LS   PR

This paper describes the characteristics of manufacturing establishments in Britain over the period 1980 to 1996, paying particular attention to differences between establishments of different ownership nationalities. The findings suggest that establishments that are always foreign-owned have significantly higher labour productivity than those that remain under domestic ownership. In addition, labour productivity improves faster over time and faster with age in foreign-owned establishments. The difference in labour productivity is matched by an equivalent difference in levels of investment per employee. Establishments that change ownership nationality do not seem to experience very large changes in labour productivity levels. The proportion of skilled workers in the workplace, and wages for both skilled and operative workers are higher in foreign-owned establishments than domestic-owned, in line with differences in labour productivity.

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Document Object Identifier (DOI): 10.3386/w9573

Published: Characteristics of Foreign-Owned Firms in British Manufacturing, Rachel Griffith, Helen Simpson. in Seeking a Premier Economy: The Economic Effects of British Economic Reforms, 1980-2000, Card, Blundell, and Freeman. 2004

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