Read the review by Dame Kate Barker for The Society of Professional Economists here: https://spe.org.uk/reading-room/book-reviews/productivity-perspectives/
”As an insight into current debates on this topic the book is invaluable, and hard to do justice to in this review... This is an important set of papers and a testament to the range and depth of the work of the Productivity Insights Network... It contains many strands and details which policymakers need to be aware of, should explore further, but most importantly should act on.Dame Kate BarkerChairman of Trustees for the British Coal Staff Superannuation Scheme
Publication Date: 2020 ISBN: 978 1 78897 881 1 Extent: 392 pp
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.
”‘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 CBEUniversity of Oxford, UK
”‘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 DankerDirector-General, Confederation of British Industry (CBI), UK
Productivity and the Pandemic: Challenges and Insights from Covid-19
Publication Date: 2021 ISBN: 978 1 80037 461 4 Extent: 328 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.