Our Work

Below is a small selection of the work that we’ve carried out. Click on a topic to see relevant projects.

The UK – an imbalanced economy

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 diverge...

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Economic impacts of new or improved rail lines

The UK Department for Transport wanted to explore the link between rail investment and local growth, but there was a lack of ex-post evaluation evidence. The hypotheses were that new and improved rail lines: Increased convenience for local people Increase attractivenes...

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Cambridge, Milton Keynes, Oxford, Northampton growth corridor

In March 2016, the National Infrastructure Commission was asked to consider how to maximise the potential of the Cambridge – Milton Keynes – Oxford corridor.  Cambridge Econometrics together with SQW carried out an economic study to inform the Commission’s work. The stu...

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Economic forecasting support to the East of England

We provide the East of England LGA with forecasting support.

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(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...

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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...

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Preparing for Brexit

This is the first assessment of Brexit across key indicators and sectors at a sub-national level under five different scenarios.

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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...

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Economic impact of NHS spending in the Black Country

This exploratory study commissioned for the Black Country Sustainability and Transformation Plan was led by ICF and sought to better understand the economic footprint (‘impact’) of the NHS in the Black Country. CE’s main role in the project was to apply economic impact a...

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Northern Powerhouse independent economic review

This project, undertaken with SQW, CE provided economic analysis and projections to underpin Transport for the North’s development of a transport infrastructure plan.

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