Productivity Commission: international best practice

The second evidence session of the Productivity Commission, hosted by our partner NIESR, has explored the topic of “international best practice”.

On 17 February, in a live streamed evidence session, the 18 commissioners questioned four witnesses – Beata Javorcik from European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, Chad Syverson from The University of Chicago Booth School of Business, Chiara Criscuolo from OECD and John Fernald from INSEAD.

You can watch the evidence session here:

A report will be produced drawing on all these insights in 2022.

The next evidence sessions will be held:

  • Tuesday 17 May 2022, 14:00 to 16:30 – regional disparities
  • Tuesday 12 July 2022, 14:00 to 16:30 – labour market e.g. the skills gap and training

The objectives of The Productivity Commission are to:

  • help understand and communicate the policy implications of new academic research related to UK productivity
  • collect evidence from key stakeholders and provide summaries of research and evidence with an emphasis on regions and the devolved nations
  • examine the implication of planned policies, respond to policy initiatives in Whitehall, elsewhere and overseas, provide policy advice and develop policy proposals.

The Commission will work closely with policymakers across Westminster and Whitehall while maintaining its independence at all times.