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The Geographic Dimension of Productivity in Great Britain, 2011-2018: the Sources of the London Productivity Advantage

Harris, R. and Moffat, J. (2021) 'The Geographic Dimension of Productivity in Great Britain, 2011-2018: the Sources of the London Productivity Advantage.', Regional Studies .

Abstract

The UK government has committed to ‘levelling up’ regional economic performance. Through deriving geographically disaggregated estimates of TFP from plant-level data, we show that the productivity advantage of London is far greater than differences between other regions. Evidence is then provided on the extent to which differences in multinational ownership, trade involvement, enterprise structure, plant age, R&D, subsidisation, size and industrial structure explain the London productivity advantage. Less than half can be explained by these characteristics which suggests that they should not be the main focus of policy to reduce spatial productivity differentials.

Item Type:Article
Full text:Publisher-imposed embargo
(AM) Accepted Manuscript
Available under License - Creative Commons Attribution Non-commercial 4.0.
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Status:Peer-reviewed
Publisher Web site:https://www.tandfonline.com/toc/cres20/current
Date accepted:28 October 2021
Date deposited:29 October 2021
Date of first online publication:2021
Date first made open access:No date available

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