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Productivity and the Pandemic

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Productivity and the Pandemic

Challenges and Insights from Covid-19

9781800374614 Edward Elgar Publishing
Edited by Philip McCann, Professor of Urban and Regional Economics, University of Sheffield and Tim Vorley, Pro Vice-Chancellor and Dean, Oxford Brookes Business School, Oxford Brookes University, UK
Publication Date: January 2021 ISBN: 978 1 80037 461 4 Extent: c 256 pp
This forward-thinking book examines the potential impacts of the Covid-19 pandemic on productivity. Productivity and the Pandemic features 21 chapters authored by 46 experts, examining different aspects of how the pandemic is likely to impact on the economy, society and governance in the medium- and long-term. Drawing on a range of empirical evidence, analytical arguments and new conceptual insights, the book challenges our thinking on many dimensions. With a keen focus on place, firms, production factors and institutions, the chapters highlight how the pre-existing challenges to productivity have been variously exacerbated and mitigated by the pandemic and points out ways forward for appropriate policy-thinking in response to the crisis.

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This forward-thinking book examines the potential impacts of the Covid-19 pandemic on productivity. Productivity and the Pandemic features 21 chapters authored by 46 experts, examining different aspects of how the pandemic is likely to impact on the economy, society and governance in the medium- and long-term. Drawing on a range of empirical evidence, analytical arguments and new conceptual insights, the book challenges our thinking on many dimensions. With a keen focus on place, firms, production factors and institutions, the chapters highlight how the pre-existing challenges to productivity have been variously exacerbated and mitigated by the pandemic and points out ways forward for appropriate policy-thinking in response to the crisis.

An important read for scholars and students interested in the impact of the pandemic, this book will also be an invigorating read for economists and policy-makers looking for more information on how the pandemic and resulting economic recession is affecting productivity.
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‘The Productivity Insights Network has been building huge insight and credibility in the past two years and with this collection of papers, is leading the way on identifying potential new patterns in our economy.’
– Tony Danker, Director-General, Confederation of British Industry (CBI), UK

‘If ever there was a timely book on an important question this is it. The need to address the spatial and human aspects of Britain’s low productivity had no sooner reached the top of the political agenda than COVID-19 struck, plunging us into radical uncertainty. This well-focused collection of data-rich studies begins to illuminate how COVID-19 has altered and compounded the productivity problem.’
– Sir Paul Collier CBE, University of Oxford, UK

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