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Management Practice and Productivity
[photo: management practice] The Centre for Economic Performance, McKinsey & Company and Stanford have developed an innovative new methodology to survey management practices in over 4,000 firms across Europe, the US and Asia.
Analysing this data they demonstrate a surprisingly large dispersion in management practices across firms and nations, and an important role for competition, ownership and education in explaining these differences. They also find firms are surprisingly poor at self assessing their own management practices.

To download the report and full academic survey methodology, questionnaire and results go to the Management Practice and Productivity site at http://cep.lse.ac.uk/management/
Policy Analysis
[photo: Tony Blair] Objective, brief and non-technical, CEP Policy Analyses aim to provide background briefings to key policy issues raised in the news.
The CEP Policy Analyses are provided by some of our expert researchers and draw on some of our past and current research.

Our latest briefings are on
- UK Productivity During The Blair Era

- Has Labour Delivered on the Policy Priorities of 'Education, Education, Education'?

- The Lisbon Agenda : The hope - and the Realities

- Incapacity Benefit Reform: Tackling the Rise in Labour Market Inactivity

Go to the CEP Policy Analysis page
[photo: CentrePiece] CENTREPIECE - SUMMER 2007
In this issue of CentrePiece, we showcase findings from all six of our major research programmes - labour markets; education and skills; productivity and innovation; globalisation; macroeconomics; and wellbeing.
Two articles look at current controversies in education: the effects on pupils' achievement of attending a grammar school or a religiously affiliated school.

Among the others, CEP researchers question if there really is a potential 'clash of cultures' in modern Britain; explore the effects of openness to trade; examine how markets react to monetary policy-makers' words and deeds; and call for schools to teach values.

And our cover story focuses on a product - Microsoft's Windows software - with which we are all familiar but whose ramifications are often obscure. A government's policies on technology and competition rarely have the public prominence of its policies on education, work and crime, but the consequences can be equally significant.

Also in this issue CEP's director John Van Reenen provides a broad overview of Tony Blair's economic legacy.

Go to the CentrePiece homepage
Interviews and Recordings of Events
[photo: Paul Krugman] Listen to the James Meade Memorial Lecture delivered by Professor Paul Krugman, on 14 June 2007 on the subject "Globalisation & Welfare "
Progressive free-traders - people who believe both in domestic equity and in the promise of globalisation - are feeling chastened these days. What’s left of the case for globalisation? How can we make it work?

Go to the Interviews and Recordings of Events page to download the MP3
Discussion Papers, Special Reports, Occasional Papers:
Our latest discussion paper is:

Reallocation and Secularization: The Economic Consequences of the Protestant Reformation
Davide Cantoni, Jeremiah Dittmar, Noam Yuchtman,  May 2017
Paper No' CEPDP1483: Read Abstract | Full paper (free) (pdf)
Our latest special report or occasional paper is:

Why Governments Won't Invest
Sir Vince Cable,  March 2016
Paper No' CEPSP33: Read Abstract | Full paper (free) (pdf)
  • Books
    Trade Unions: Resurgence or Demise? edited by Sue Fernie and David Metcalf