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Productivity under the 1997-2010 labour government

Van Reenen, John ORCID: 0000-0001-9153-2907 (2013) Productivity under the 1997-2010 labour government. Oxford Review of Economic Policy, 29 (1). pp. 113-141. ISSN 0266-903X

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Identification Number: 10.1093/oxrep/grt013


What was the productivity record under the Labour government of 1997-2010? I show that productivity growth (and economic performance in general) was good when the UK is compared with its main international peers. Only the US had stronger productivity growth and the UK did better than the US in terms of the jobs market. Much of this improved performance was a continuation of the pattern since 1979 which broke a century of relative decline. Some part of the improvement is directly linked to policies, especially over human capital, innovation, and competition. We discuss the recent 'productivity puzzle'-the disappointing productivity figures since the onset of the Great Recession in 2008-and argue that our conclusions are unchanged as most other OECD countries have also experienced poor measured productivity.

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Additional Information: © 2013 The Author
Divisions: Economics
Centre for Economic Performance
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HC Economic History and Conditions
Date Deposited: 04 Jul 2013 16:05
Last Modified: 20 Oct 2021 03:17
Funders: Economic and Social Research Council

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