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Industrial Policy and its Effect on Total Factor Productivity in UK Manufacturing Plants, 1990-1998

Lookup NU author(s): Professor Richard Harris


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Industrial policy in any economy has a number of varying and occasionally conflicting objectives, but the overarching intention of the various grants, subsidies and support schemes, arguably, must be to improve the economic performance of the plants they assist directly. However, in the absence of counterfactual evidence, whether or not assistance does improve performance is hard to establish. In this paper, we consider the impact of two UK government industrial support schemes (Regional Selective Assistance and the Small Firm Merit Awards for Research and Technology) on UK manufacturing plant level total factor productivity in an attempt to answer the question, ‘did assistance make a difference?’

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Author(s): Harris RID, Robinson C

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Scottish Journal of Political Economy

Year: 2004

Volume: 51

Issue: 4

Pages: 528-543

ISSN (print): 0036-9292

ISSN (electronic): 1467-9485

Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell Publishing Ltd.


DOI: 10.1111/j.0036-9292.2004.00319.x


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