Productivity Insights Network

Raising productivity is arguably the central economic challenge in the UK. The Productivity Insights Network is an ESRC funded network of researchers, policymakers, intermediaries and businesses working to identify, advance and implement new insights to address the productivity puzzle in the UK.

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If you are interested in changing the tone of the productivity debate in theory and practice join the Productivity Insights Network.


The Productivity Insights Network aims to stimulate new directions in productivity research with high impact potential.

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Find out more about the core team at Productivity Insights Network and our growing membership of individuals and organisations.


Solving the productivity puzzle: What is needed to support workers with common mental disorders stay at work and be productive after long-term sickness absence?

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By Karina Nielsen, Chair of Work Psychology, Director of Institute for Work Psychology, University of Sheffield The University of Sheffield and the research-based consultancy Affinity Health at Work was in…

The value of adopting a systems approach to the productivity puzzle

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Is policy to blame for lagging productivity in the UK? Since the 2007 financial crisis, productivity growth in the UK has been persistently weak confounding policy makers and prompting a…

Are Britain’s Regional Divides Large or Small? A Response to Chris Giles

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Philip McCann1 University of Sheffield 16 May 2019 There are major problems with Chris Giles’ piece “Britain’s Regional Divide is Smaller than it First Appears”, Financial Times 9 May 2019.2…