Productivity Commission

The Productivity Commission has been established by the National Institute of Economic and Social Research (NIESR) and The Productivity Institute (TPI), funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC). Its main purpose is to examine the UK’s productivity performance, and provide policy solutions to address the shortfall.

This joint initiative reflects an international trend to set up new institutions to analyse productivity in countries such as Canada, Australia, New Zealand and the Eurozone members. The Productivity Commission for the UK will operate independently from the government and other policy institutions, and is something that NIESR called for the establishment of in 2019 (National Institute Economic Review, Volume 250, November 2019).

We are 18 Commissioners who will hold quarterly evidence sessions with experts in the field of productivity to understand the problem and propose solutions.

Each evidence session will see the Commissioners take evidence from approximately four experts. These witnesses may be members of The Productivity Commission or external. Prior to each evidence session, The Productivity Commission will issue a public call for written evidence, which it will publish on this website. The written evidence will inform The Productivity Commission’s line of questioning at the oral evidence sessions.

After each session, The Productivity Commission will publish a short report to highlight the key issues to policymakers and suggest policies that can be implemented to help improve the UK’s productivity.

Objectives of the Productivity Commission

The objectives of The Productivity Commission are to:

  • help understand and communicate the policy implications of new academic research related to UK productivity
  • collect evidence from key stakeholders and provide summaries of research and evidence with an emphasis on regions and the devolved nations
  • examine the implication of planned policies, respond to policy initiatives in Whitehall, elsewhere and overseas, provide policy advice and develop policy proposals.

The Commission will work closely with policymakers across Westminster and Whitehall while maintaining its independence at all times.