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The geographical dimension of productivity in Great Britain, 2011–18: the sources of the London productivity advantage

Harris, Richard and Moffat, John (2021) 'The geographical dimension of productivity in Great Britain, 2011–18: 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 total factor productivity 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, research and development, subsidization, 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.

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Status:Peer-reviewed
Publisher Web site:https://doi.org/10.1080/00343404.2021.2004308
Publisher statement:This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives License (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/), which permits non-commercial re-use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited, and is not altered, transformed, or built upon in any way.
Date accepted:28 October 2021
Date deposited:18 February 2022
Date of first online publication:21 December 2021
Date first made open access:18 February 2022

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