nep-knm New Economics Papers
on Knowledge Management and Knowledge Economy
Issue of 2008‒02‒23
two papers chosen by
Emanuele Canegrati
Catholic University of the Sacred Heart

  1. Cities and Growth: Knowledge Spillovers in the Adoption of Advanced Manufacturing Technologies By No, Angela
  2. Productivity, Multinationals and Knowledge Spillovers: Evidence from the UK Retail Sector By Anon-Higon, Dolores; Vasilakos, Nicholas

  1. By: No, Angela
    Abstract: This paper examines the presence of knowledge spillovers that affect the adoption of advanced technologies in the Canadian manufacturing sector. It examines whether plants that adopt advanced technologies are more likely to do so when there are other nearby plants that do so within a model of technology adoption.
    Keywords: Information and communications technology, Manufacturing, Business performance and ownership, Economic accounts, Regional and urban profiles, Productivity accounts
    Date: 2008–02–05
  2. By: Anon-Higon, Dolores; Vasilakos, Nicholas
    Abstract: This paper discusses the impact of foreign-ownership presence on the productivity performance of domestically-owned British retailers. In specific, we investigate the existence of productivity spillovers in the form of knowledge transfer. To guide our estimations, we develop a simple Hotelling model in which we show how the transfer of operational knowledge from MNE to non-MNE retailers, may result to an increase in the productivity of the latter and increased economic activity in the regions with relatively higher concentration of foreign investment. Our empirical estimations lend support to the assumptions upon which the theoretical model is built, while confirming the positive and highly significant impact of these spillovers on the productivity performance of domestic firms. More specifically, using data from the Annual Respondent Dataset (ARD), we find that positive spillovers exist but are mostly confined to the region in which foreign subsidiaries locate. Furthermore, the productivity benefit from regional FDI spillovers increases with the absorptive capacity of domestic retailers.
    Keywords: FDI; Multinationals; Productivity; Retailing; Spillovers
    JEL: L25 F23 L81 D24
    Date: 2008–02

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