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 13: Infrastructure and productivity

Iain Docherty and David Waite

Abstract

The overall aim of this chapter is to identify the current state-of-the-art of our knowledge of the relationship between infrastructure and productivity. The chapter focuses on two particular forms of infrastructure, namely, transport infrastructure and digital/broadband infrastructure. The chapter reviews the long-standing debate about the links between transport infrastructure and the economy, and the recent debates about the impacts of transport infrastructure on economic agglomeration, which are seen as being key to productivity enhancement. The more limited research base on digital connectivity is also examined. The chapter also addresses the issue of the level of productivity within the infrastructure sector.

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