Edited by Philip McCann and Tim Vorley
Chapter 12: Regional and city productivity debates: insights from work undertaken by Cambridge Econometrics
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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