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?’
Author(s): Harris RID, Robinson C
Publication type: Article
Journal: Scottish Journal of Political Economy
ISSN (print): 0036-9292
ISSN (electronic): 1467-9485
Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell Publishing Ltd.
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