Convergence in the UK Service Sector: Firm Level Evidence, 1988-1998
Nottingham University Business School
University of Nottingham
Scottish Journal of Political Economy, Vol. 52, No. 5, pp. 736-746, November 2005
Bernard and Jones (1996) have previously argued that similarity in the technologies used by firms in the service sector helps to explain evidence of absolute convergence at the cross-country level. This paper searches for convergence at the firm level using data for the UK service sector over the period 1988-1998. Initial mixed support for this view is partly explained by strong business cycle effects in the data. Upon closer examination we find evidence that convergence was more likely in industries that had high levels of technology investment, greater exposure to new technologies and high levels of absorptive capacity.
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Date posted: December 29, 2005