Centre for Cities

City Talks: The UK's productivity problem and how to tackle it

Aug. 13, 2018

The UK has been grappling with poor productivity for a number of years, with the gap between the country’s performance and that of its neighbouring economies in Western Europe receiving a great deal of attention. In this episode of City Talks, Andrew Carter is joined by Dave Innes, Policy and Research Manager at the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, and Paul Swinney, Head of Policy and Research at the Centre for Cities, to discuss productivity and its broad implications for living standards, as well as the policy questions that arise from it. Both the Centre for Cities and the Joseph Rowntree Foundation are doing considerable work around this issue, and the discussion provides a valuable opportunity to explore common themes as well as areas of disagreement between the research efforts of these two organisations.

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