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

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Author(s)Harris RID, Robinson C
Publication type Article
JournalScottish Journal of Political Economy
Year2004
Volume51
Issue4
Pages528-543
ISSN (print)0036-9292
ISSN (electronic)1467-9485
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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?’
PublisherWiley-Blackwell Publishing Ltd.
URLhttp://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.0036-9292.2004.00319.x
DOI10.1111/j.0036-9292.2004.00319.x
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