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The sources of the Scotland-rest of the UK productivity gap : implications for policy.

Harris, R. and Moffat, J. (2017) 'The sources of the Scotland-rest of the UK productivity gap : implications for policy.', Regional studies., 51 (9). pp. 1297-1311.


The sources of the Scotland–Rest of the UK productivity gap: implications for policy. Regional Studies. This paper finds that aggregate total factor productivity (TFP) in Scotland was 16% below the ‘rest of the UK’ in 2012. This is mainly due to negative ‘non-place’ effects in the service sector. It also finds that new plant start-ups and foreign-owned plants contributed negatively to TFP growth during 1997–2012. This casts doubt on whether continuing to focus on increasing the rate of new firm formation and foreign investment will result in a ‘step change’ in productivity growth.

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Publisher statement:This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis Group in Regional studies on 31/05/2016, available online at:
Date accepted:22 February 2016
Date deposited:26 February 2016
Date of first online publication:31 May 2016
Date first made open access:30 November 2017

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