Call For Evidence

The Productivity Commission’s second evidence session is on international best practice. It will take place on Thursday 17 February 2022 from 14:00 until 16:30. We are inviting written evidence and would like to hear your views.

Submitting Evidence

  • Make sure that you have read the terms of reference below
  • Your submission should be:
    • No more than 3,000 words long
    • Include a short introduction to you and/or your organisation
    • Be a single Word, ODT or RTF document
  • Your evidence will usually be published on our website here, and may be quoted in any reports that the Productivity Commission publishes here.
  • Please send your submission to productivity@niesr.ac.uk by 17:00 on Friday 14 January 2022

Terms of Reference

  • Which sectors and firms in which countries are at the global frontier of productivity?
  • How can international best practice in relation to productivity be best defined? What are the standards by which we can measure it?
  • What are the main drivers (e.g. capital, labour, technology, institutions) of internationally excellent productivity performance?
  • How does the UK’s productivity performance compare internationally?
    • Is the so-called ‘long-tail problem’ worse in the UK than in other comparable economies?
    • How does the level of capital investment in the UK compare to other countries?
    • How does the quality of the UK workforce compare internationally?
    • How does evidence on R&D investment and spillovers (domestic and international) compare?
    • Which other intangible sources of productivity differentials can be identified?
  • How does the dispersion of firm-level productivity in the UK compare to other countries?
  • What role has the state played in countries that have successfully improved productivity?
    • What specific policies have been implemented around the world to improve productivity that the UK could also implement, and what policies should the UK avoid?
    • What role have organisations like productivity boards and productivity commissions played in different countries?
  • How can the state encourage knowledge diffusion from productive firms to those that are less productive?
    • How does knowledge diffusion in the UK compare to other countries?
    • What can the UK learn from countries with better diffusing outcomes?
  • How have the public and private sectors interacted in countries that have successfully improved productivity?
    • How does public/private interaction in the UK compare to other countries?
    • What has been the role of local/regional institutions/policies, like regional innovation systems and smart specialization policies?
  • What effect can trade have on productivity, and how does the effect of the UK’s trade policy on productivity compare internationally?
  • What effect can migration have on productivity, and how does the effect of the UK’s migration policy on productivity compare internationally?
  • What meso-level institutions do other countries have in place to improve productivity and how do they function?