The new publication from the Productivity Insights Network. Edited by Professor Philip McCann and Professor Tim Vorley, University of Sheffield, UK

‘Productivity, what determines it and how to boost it, is one of the great challenges in contemporary economics. This book  offers us a hike along the frontiers of current thinking on the productivity puzzle, guided by a team of leading researchers.’

– Murray Sherwin, New Zealand Productivity Commission, New Zealand

‘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


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, and the resulting 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.

Contributors: 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

2020 392 pp Hardback 978 1 78897 879 8 £105.00
2020 Paperback 978 1 78897 881 1 £29.95

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