Post category: Regions, cities and local areas

(Never) mind the gap!

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 narrowed? 

In short, no. Recent newspaper articles such as the following refer to the persistence of the gap between the nor…

Does Productivity Necessarily Increase with City Size?

In his second guest blogpost Ron Martin, Professor of Economic Geography, University of Cambridge explores whether the productivity of Britain’s northern cities would improve by substantially expanding their size, or seeking to merge them into a single very large city. 

O…

Saving Santa and the North Pole’s economy

In this light-hearted blogpost our Director, Hector Pollitt wonders how an economist would set about modelling the economy of the North Pole and finds that the challenges are not insurmountable.

But how on earth do you account for ‘magic’?  Is there a currency? What about th…

The geographical dimension of the productivity problem

By Ron Martin, Professor of Economic Geography, University of Cambridge
In his budget speech (24 November, 2017), the Chancellor of the Exchequer made much of the need to raise national productivity.

Since 2007, and the onset of the financial crisis, productivity growth in t…