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Through our Productivity Commission and 8 Regional Productivity Forums we will work with policy makers on critical productivity issues at both a local and national level.


The Productivity Commission is the policy arm of The Productivity Institute and regularly meets to discuss ongoing policy questions throughout the UK.

It is an independent academic forum for the development of research-based policies and a focal point for Whitehall initiatives. We aim to develop and support a new constituency to support the national debate on productivity and promoting robust and consistent policies to address the UK’s chronic productivity shortfall.

The Commission aims to understand the policy implications of research produced by The Productivity Institute and elsewhere, as well as develop strong institutional links with government and other national bodies.

The Commissioners are:

  • Professor Jagjit Chadha NIESR (chair)
  • Professor Bart van Ark The University of Manchester
  • Professor Alan Barrett Economic and Social Research Institute
  • Professor Gillian Bristow University of Cardiff
  • Professor Diane Coyle Bennett Institute of Public Policy, Cambridge
  • Professor Eileen Harkin-Jones Ulster University
  • Rachel Lomax Formerly HMT and BoE
  • Paul Mortimer-Lee NIESR
  • Professor Sir Anton Muscatelli University of Glasgow
  • Professor Adrian Pabst NIESR
  • Dr. Dirk Pilat OECD
  • Professor Sir Chris Pissarides LSE
  • Professor Tony Venables University of Manchester
  • Professor Jackie Wahba University of Southampton
  • Professor Stian Westlake Royal Statistical Society
  • Professor Andy Westwood University of Manchester
  • Professor Cecilia Wong University of Manchester

The commission will have four evidence sessions in its first year – a call for written submissions, followed by an evidence session, which will contribute to a report highlighting the key issues to policymakers and suggest policies that can be implemented to help improve the UK’s productivity. The evidence calls are:

  • Tuesday 23 November 2021, 09:00 to 11:30 – sizing the problem nationally, regionally and sectorally
  • Thursday 17 February 2022, 14:00 to 16:30 – international best practice
  • 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

More information on how to get involved can be found through our partner NIESR.

Regional Forums

The forums are involved in the implementation of research insights, the design of practical business and policy interventions, and in providing input to the development of the Institute’s future research agenda.

Their members include stakeholders from policy community and business leaders from local, national and multinational enterprises. Each Regional Productivity Forum is chaired by a regional business leader and supported by a Regional Forum Lead from each of the partner universities.

The eight Forums are based in:


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