The Productivity Institute

We’re a UK-wide research organisation exploring what productivity means for business, for workers and for communities – how it is measured and how it truly contributes to increased living standards and well-being.

Research

World-class research from across the UK covering eight themes and drawing on expertise from social sciences, engineering, physics, political science, business management, innovation research and data science.

Policy

Our Productivity Commission is an independent academic advisory group directed at finding policy solutions to the productivity puzzle.

Business

Our Regional Productivity Forums will help scope the institute’s research, ensure that we consider the local contexts and enable the sharing of insights.  The eight Productivity Forums cover the English regions, Wales, Scotland & Northern Ireland.

Changing the way the UK perceives, measures and increases productivity

Productivity is key to a more prosperous and equitable society. We aim to pinpoint the causes of the stagnation in UK productivity and focus energies to laying the foundations for a new era of sustained and inclusive productivity growth which will improve our material standard of living.

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Recent Publications

Wit Wannakrairoj, Chander Velu

Productivity growth and business model innovation

https://doi.org/10.1016/j.econlet.2020.109679
Patricia G. Rice, Anthony J. Venables

The persistent consequences of adverse shocks: how the 1970s shaped UK regional inequality

https://doi.org/10.1093/oxrep/graa057
Holger Floerkemeier, Nikola Spatafora, Anthony J. Venables

Regional disparities, growth, and inclusiveness

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Programmes

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Human capital

Explores which skills and abilities are important for productivity and wellbeing, and how these can best be developed and deployed in a rapidly changing digital economy.

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Knowledge capital

Understanding and measuring the impact knowledge capital and other types of intangible capital created by the public and private sectors on productivity, particularly in high technology and high value-added areas.

Organisational capital

As the UK seeks to develop a more activist industrial strategy, key questions arise on barriers to entry, obstacles to innovation in SMEs, and the resilience of supply chains.

Institutions & Governance

Explores how the UK can boost productivity by changing overcentralised, top-down, short-term and siloed decision making and fostering an effective joined-up government.

Macroeconomic trends & policy

Explores how productivity issues are reflected by economy-wide failures, from private finance to public investment, and how the Treasure can adapt the fiscal regime and its accounting frameworks

Measurement & methods

Looks at how new techniques and novel data sources can help to gain deep understanding of regional, national and firm-level productivity drivers and help tackle tricky measurement issues.

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Geography & Place

Investigating the causes of disparity of productivity levels within UK regions and the effectiveness of local economic development, education and social strategies.

Social, environmental &
technological transitions

Digital transformation and green growth offer both opportunities and risks for productivity and will need transformative changes in business models, skills needs, infrastructure, regulatory policies and markets.

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