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No 619:
Corporate Restructuring and Labor Productivity Growth

Katariina Hakkala ()

Abstract: This paper analyzes corporate restructuring and its role in generating labor productivity growth in a sample of large Swedish manufacturing corporations. It is found that external restructuring, including ownership changes, start-ups and closures of plants, accounted for up to 47 percent of the productivity growth of the sample of corporations during the 1986-96 period. The results indicate that the productivity of large multi-plant corporations grew almost twice as fast as that of single-plant firms with the same internal productivity growth, thanks to their organizational flexibility. Divestitures of low productive plants were found to play a particularly important role in the replacement process generating productivity growth. The effect of external restructuring on productivity is to some extent explained by a shift towards a more skill-intensive production.

Keywords: Corporate Restructuring; Labor Productivity Growth; (follow links to similar papers)

JEL-Codes: D24; F23; G34; (follow links to similar papers)

33 pages, February 28, 2004

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