Increased productivity after foreign acquisitions


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Published: 01 Jun 2023

Companies that are bought up by foreign owners increase their productivity.

The greatest increase in productivity is seen in very small companies in the service sector.

This is shown by an economic analysis carried out by Kommerskollegium before Sweden introduces a mechanism to review foreign direct investments.

– The economic analysis shows that productivity rises on average by around 10 per cent in companies that become foreign owned. This is especially the case for acquisitions of very small companies, micro-companies with 1–10 employees, in the service sector, says Patrik Karpaty, trade policy adviser.

Read the full interview and download the analysis Productivity Effects of Foreign Acquisitions in Sweden.