Local Institutions, Productivity, Sustainability and Inclusivity Trade-offs (LIPSIT)
This research aims to identify institutional and organisational arrangements at the regional level that tend to lead to the 'good' management of policy trade-offs associated with increasing productivity, and to make recommendations to policymakers based on this.
Raising Productivity in Low-wage Sectors and Reducing Poverty
This research looks at the role of productivity in employers’ wage setting decisions in low-paid sectors. Drawing on an evidence review of the academic and grey literature, the addition of questions to an employer survey in Greater Birmingham, Interviews with employers in three low wage sectors (hospitality, retail and manufacturing) in Greater Birmingham and the West Midlands, and testing of findings and development of policy implications at an expert workshop, it examines how employers think about, understand and measure productivity.
Skills and Productivity Commission – Measuring Success
This project focused on the delivery of an assessment of the performance review indicators in the WMCA Annual Economic Review. The Strategic Economic Plan (SEP) sets out bold economic ambitions for the region, and a shared determination that all our citizens will feel the benefits of that success.
Skills and Productivity Commission – Business and Professional Services Sector Deep Dive
This research was commissioned by the West Midlands Combined Authority for the Skills and Productivity Commission, as part of developing a local Industrial Strategy.
Professional and Business Services Sector: Creating Further Demand and Growth Outside London
The UK’s poor productivity performance continues to be of much debate in policy and research and is central to the development of the Industrial Strategy. This research focussed on how the Professional and Business Services (PBS) sector can contribute to Local Industrial Strategies and create growth both within the sector and be a driver of growth in other sectors. It takes our understanding of the sector beyond London and looks at what part it can play in redistributing wealth and helping to build strong places outside its traditional centre.
Productivity from below: addressing the productivity challenges of microbusinesses
The principle objective of this project is to use scientifically rigorous academic research, co-produced with practitioners, to design and implement scalable policies to boost productivity by strengthening management practices in micro-businesses (with 1-9 employees). The project will focus on businesses owned and run by disadvantaged communities in the West Midlands, who are some of the 'toughest nuts to crack' in terms of business support for enhancing productivity.
Skills and Inclusive Growth
This paper is one of a series setting out selected issues and debates regarding specific foundations ofproductivity. The focus here is skills. Workforce skills – at all levels, and whether associated with formalqualifications or uncertified - are crucial for firms’ ability to put innovative ideas into practice and toincrease productivity.
What is Inclusive Growth
In this blog, Professor Anne Green discusses different definitions, interpretations, methods for measuring inclusive growth. It's role in the labour market, inclusive growth initiatives and futher reading on the subject.