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The Productivity Agenda – a blueprint for boosting the UK’s productivity

The Productivity Institute has launched “The Productivity Agenda”, a blueprint for boosting the UK’s productivity, as part of National Productivity Week.

With 10 chapters written by experts on productivity, The Productivity Agenda highlights key areas of policy for leaders to focus on so the public, private and civic sectors can be better equipped to translate productivity gains into improved living standards and well-being across the UK:

  • The UK’s productivity challenge: people, firms, and places
  • Investing for the long-run
  • The changing landscape of firm-level productivity – anatomy and policy implications
  • Productivity, Innovation and R&D
  • Why digitalisation isn’t improving productivity growth
  • Skills for productivity growth
  • The green transition: Net Zero as an opportunity to improve productivity
  • Public Sector Productivity – managing the Baumol cost disease
  • Regional productivity, potential causes, and institutional challenges
  • A new UK policy institution for growth and productivity – a blueprint

Edited by Diane Coyle the publication’s authors include Bart van Ark, Mary O’Mahony, Jagjit Chadha, Tony Venables, Stephen Roper, Philip McCann, Jonatan Pinkse, Damien Grimshaw, Richard A.L. Jones, Andy Westwood, Michael Kenny, Anna Valero, Raquel Ortega-Argilés.

Launch event

The Agenda was launched at an event in Westminster, bringing together experts from academia, policy, business, media and civic society, held as part of National Productivity Week – our week-long campaign from 27 November to 1 December to raise awareness of the importance of productivity and its impact on the UK economy, society and the environment, with speakers:

  • Diane Coyle (Bennett Professor of Public Policy, the University of Cambridge)
  • Kate Bell (Assistant General Secretary, TUC)
  • John Kingman (Chair, Barclays Bank UK and Legal & General and former Second Permanent Secretary at HM Treasury)
  • Will Hutton (President of the Academy of Social Sciences and columnist for The Observer)