All posts by: Ben Gardiner

Modelling the local economic impacts of the coronavirus

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The COVID-19 pandemic is a health crisis, which is quickly turning into a major economic shock.  It affects all sectors of the economy, to varying degrees.
Here Ben Gardiner and Chris Thoung looks at three aspects of the economic impact of COVID-19 from a local point of view:…

The UK – an imbalanced economy

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In the first of three blogs focusing on imbalance in the UK’s economy our Director, Ben Gardiner, takes a look at spatial imbalance and productivity.
We find that London pulls away from the other UK regions in terms of productivity and that the regional productivity divergence…

UNESCO study: technical and vocational education

Field research in Senegal

Field research for a UNESCO project took our Director Ben Gardiner and Researcher Ana Rosa Gonzalez-Martinez* to the Dominican Republic, Cyprus and Senegal to assess the potential for a training levy to support vocational and technical education.

Tell us about the UNESCO proje…

The North-South divide: the performance gap

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It is nearly four years since the inception of the Northern Powerhouse. Has the performance gap between the Greater South East and the rest of England, the North-South divide, narrowed?
In short, no. Recent newspaper articles refer to the persistence of the gap between the north…