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How can economic growth be created? What impact do productivity-enhancing policies have on people and the planet?

How to improve productivity has long been a puzzle for the UK, which has lower levels of output per hour worked than main comparator countries.

CEP research aims to understand the UK's historic productivity performance. It also looks at the productivity at the level of workers and firms. The role of education in productivity and the rise of superstar firms are research areas in which CEP is particularly active.

Productivity growth is ultimately due to two elements, innovation, and the spread of these new ideas. CEP research shows how important innovation is for economic growth, what can be done to increase management quality and productivity, and how and why governments should support research and development.

Productivity Publications

Ghazala Azmat, Brian Bell, Jonathan Colmer, Antoine Dechezleprêtre, Swati Dhingra, Christian A. L. Hilber, Stephen Machin, Alan Manning, Ralf Martin, Alistair McGuire, Sandra McNally, Gianmarco I. P. Ottaviano, Henry G. Overman, Isabelle Roland, Thomas Sampson, Anna Valero, John Van Reenen, Jonathan Wadsworth, Gill Wyness and Gabriel Zucman

30 April 2015

Adair Turner, Richard Layard, Peter Boone, Charles Goodhart, Andrew Haldane, Simon Johnson, John Kay, Andrew Large, Andrew Smithers, Sushil Wadhwani, Martin Wolf and Paul Woolley

1 September 2010

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