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Title (translated): 
Productivity Divergence – Frontier Firms vs. the Others
Authors: 
Pajarinen, Mika
Rouvinen, Petri
Ylhäinen, Ilkka
Year of Publication: 
2017
Series/Report no.: 
ETLA Report 77
Abstract (Translated): 
International literature suggests that productivity growth of the global frontier firms – those in the best five percent – has diverged from the others during the 2000s. We study this issue using Finnish firm-level data. We find that the productivity of the Finnish frontier firms does not diverge from the others to such a degree as in the international comparisons. The findings do not provide clear evidence of a slowdown in the diffusion process. We also analyze whether frontier firms are associated with characteristics related to digitalization – and do not find clear evidence of that either. This might be related to the fact that the employed measures are related to technology adoption – not to the creativity or efficiency of its use.
Subjects: 
Productivity
Divergence
Diffusion
Ddigitalization
Finland
JEL: 
D22
O30
O40
Document Type: 
Research Report

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