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Productivity Perspectives

Edited by Philip McCann, Professor of Urban and Regional Economics and Tim Vorley, Professor of Entrepreneurship, University of Sheffield, UK
Productivity Perspectives offers a timely and stimulating social science view on the productivity debate, drawing on the work of the ESRC funded Productivity Insights Network. The book examines the drivers and inhibitors of UK productivity growth in the light of international evidence, that has resulted in the dramatic slowdown and flatlining of productivity growth in the UK. The reasons for this so-called productivity puzzle are not well understood, and this book advances explanations and insights on these issues from different disciplinary and methodological perspectives. It will be of value to all those interested in, and engaging with, the challenge of slowing productivity growth.
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Publication Date: March 2020
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Productivity Perspectives offers a timely and stimulating social science view on the productivity debate, drawing on the work of the ESRC funded Productivity Insights Network. The book examines the drivers and inhibitors of UK productivity growth in the light of international evidence, that has resulted in the dramatic slowdown and flatlining of productivity growth in the UK. The reasons for this so-called productivity puzzle are not well understood, and this book advances explanations and insights on these issues from different disciplinary and methodological perspectives. It will be of value to all those interested in, and engaging with, the challenge of slowing productivity growth.

This book will be essential and insightful reading for academics across the social sciences, business leaders and policy makers working on the productivity puzzle. Written in an accessible manner, it will also be of interest to a wide audience in government, the private sector and civil society.
‘This book rightly identifies low productivity growth as the central policy challenge of this time and brings a truly broad and diverse set of perspectives to bear on this issue, leading to many fresh insights.’
– Robert Inklaar, University of Groningen, the Netherlands
Contributors include: M. Abreu, J. Cook, I. Docherty, G. Dymski, B. Gardiner, D. Hardy, R. Harris, A. Henley, R. Huggins, H. Izushi, R. Lewney, K. Lisenkova, C. Mason, P. McCann, L. McSorley, J. Nelles, K. Newsome, V. Sena, I. Sprackling, T. Vorley, D. Waite
Contents

Introduction to Productivity Perspectives
Philip McCann and Tim Vorley

Chapter 2. Productivity Perspectives: Observations from the UK and the International Arena
Philip McCann

Chapter 3: Measuring Productivity
Vania Sena

Chapter 4 FDI, Capital and Investment Markets
Richard Harris

Chapter 5: Innovation and Productivity: A Multi-Perspective Assessment
Robert Huggins and Hiro Izushi

Chapter 6: Small Business Growth and Productivity
Andrew Henley

Chapter 7: Productivity and the UK’s deficiency in scale-ups
Colin Mason

Chapter 8: Human Capital, Skills and Productivity
Maria Abreu

Chapter 9 Demographic Ageing and Productivity
Katerina Lisenkova

Chapter 10: Inequality, Well-Being and (Inclusive) Productivity Growth
Leaza McSorley

Chapter 11: Contemporary Work and Employment and the Productivity Puzzle
Kirsty Newsome and Tim Vorley

Chapter 12: Regional and City Productivity Debates: Insights from Work undertaken by Cambridge Econometrics
Ben Gardiner

Chapter 13: Infrastructure and Productivity
Iain Docherty and David Waite

Chapter 14: From Silos to Systems: Insights and Implications for Productivity Policy
Tim Vorley and Jen Nelles

Chapter 15: Productivity Policy Review
Jonathan Cook, Dan Hardy and Imogen Sprackling

Chapter 16. The UK Productivity Paradox and the Governance of UK Science and Technology Policy: Lessons from California?
Gary Dymski

Index