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Productivity and International Firm Activities: What Do We Know?

Joachim Wagner ()

No 23, IZA Policy Papers from Institute of Labor Economics (IZA)

Abstract: This paper summarizes in a non-technical way what we know from empirical studies based on firm-level data about the mutual links between international activities of firms and productivity. It is written with a view to inform policy makers in an evidence-based way. A special focus is on the empirical evidence we have from studies using firm-level data from the Nordic countries. It is argued that this empirical evidence does not provide a sound basis to search for similarities and differences (and their causes) between the Nordic countries, and the empirical results reported cannot qualify as stylized facts that can inform policy makers in an evidence-based way.

Keywords: international firm activities; productivity; firm level data; Nordic countries (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: F14 F23 D22 L25 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
New Economics Papers: this item is included in nep-eff and nep-hme
Date: 2011-01
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Published in: Nordic Economic Policy Review, 2011 (2), 137-161

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