Productivity Perspectives
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Productivity Perspectives

Edited by Philip McCann and Tim Vorley

Productivity Perspectives offers a timely and stimulating social science view on the productivity debate, drawing on the work of the ESRC funded Productivity Insights Network. The book examines the drivers and inhibitors of UK productivity growth in the light of international evidence, and the resulting dramatic slowdown and flatlining of productivity growth in the UK. The reasons for this so-called productivity puzzle are not well understood, and this book advances explanations and insights on these issues from different disciplinary and methodological perspectives. It will be of value to all those interested in, and engaging with, the challenge of slowing productivity growth.
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Chapter 12: Regional and city productivity debates: insights from work undertaken by Cambridge Econometrics

Ben Gardiner and Richard Lewney


This chapter presents a preliminary analysis of work to improve understanding about UK productivity performance and its drivers. The chapter reflects on the link between productivity and infrastructure and connectivity, as well as debates on cities and agglomeration. In addition, the chapter highlights the ways in which the sectoral structure of cities and regions influence their growth performance. Given the complexity of the productivity puzzle there is a need for a more interdisciplinary approach, distinguishing fundamental factors from those that are more like consequences of declining productivity growth. The chapter concludes by reflecting on the various productivity-related questions that still remain unresolved in current debates.

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