Blogs: Regions, Cities & Local Areas

Local economic prospects reflect a place’s assets and institutional settings.  Our economic analysis helps support locally-tailored policy.

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…

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…

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.
One of…

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…