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The UK's Regional Divide: Can Policy Make a Difference


There are large variations in economic performance across the cities and regions of the UK. There is a broad North-South pattern to these disparities. But there is also substantial variation within those broad areas: some Northern cities (such as Manchester) are doing well and some Southern cities (such as Hastings) are doing relatively badly. Despite many policy initiatives by the current and previous governments, these disparities remain large and persistent. On some measures, they have widened since the global financial crisis.


Henry Overman

2 June 2017     Paper Number CEPEA042

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This CEP election analysis is published under the centre's Urban programme.