Research exposes complexity of the UK’s ‘productivity problem’

Date issued: 28/07/2020

The productivity gaps between local economies across the UK are far more complex than previously thought, according to a new report from Sheffield Hallam University.

The report, The Productivity of Industries and Places, challenges the assumption that the less prosperous parts of the UK, including much of the Midlands, North, Scotland and Wales, have consistently low levels of productivity that hold back local business and industry.

The report by Professors Christina Beatty and Steve Fothergill from the University’s Centre for Regional, Economic and Social Research (CRESR) is based on novel estimates of productivity, industry by industry and area by area, for the whole of the UK, including estimates of the efficiency of production that adjust for the mix of industries, occupations and hours worked.

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