Conference and seminar output

Annual Finance Conference 2016 video playlist

Video interviews with speakers from our 2016 Annual Finance Conference held at the Bank of England on Friday 18th March, on the topic of "Financial regulation: are we reaching an efficient outcome?"

Video highlights of our "Economics of the UK’s EU membership" event

Watch highlights of the debate between Lord Norman Lamont (former Chancellor of the Exchequer, 1990-93) and Sir Vince Cable (Secretary of State for Business Innovation and Skills, 2010-15) along with interviews on our YouTube channel. This was part of our "Economics of the UK’s EU membership" conference held on 23 February 2016.

Also included in the playlist are 7 interviews with key speakers at the event.

Strategy, Structure and Resourcing in UK Trades Unions

Paper presented at the 2016 LERA Conference, San Francisco, 4th January 2016.

This paper updates the empirical literature on trade union resources in the UK. We argue that British unions lack resources effectively to manage first and second order collective action problems, and that the resource requirements to manage such problems have been increasing. The symptoms of decline may be endogenous, but the triggers exogenous; we examine the relationship between exogenous triggers and endogenous consequences by reference to the Trade Union Bill 2015-16. 

What's New in Employment Relations?

Presentation to the Employee Relations Institute, London, on management and productivity in Britain

Bank Credit Conditions and Productivity Growth: Company-level Evidence

  • Using firm level data we examine whether aggregate productivity weakness arises because of resource misallocation between existing firms and/or a lack of creative destruction or cleansing effect of recession
  • Using firm level data we assess these effects by comparing credit constrained bank dependent firms to similar firms that do not rely on bank finance or that were not credit constrained

Bank Credit Conditions and their Influence on Productivity Growth: Company-level Evidence

The productivity puzzle – it remains unclear how and to what extent the lack of credit has affected productivity

The Impact of the Financial Crisis on UK Company Performance

  • What has been the impact of the banking sector crisis on bank credit conditions experienced by UK companies?
  • What is the evidence that this has affected the performance of UK companies?

The Impact of the Financial Crisis on UK Company Performance

UK productivity fell sharply during the recession of 2008-9, and recovered only sluggishly after that. In levels terms, productivity is currently about 15 per cent below a simple extrapolation of its pre-crisis trend. This contrasts very sharply with the experience of other post-war recessions in the UK when the fall was less sharp and the recovery quicker; it is also very different from experience in the US, where productivity has held up quite well.

Bank Credit Conditions and their Influence on Productivity Growth: Company-level Evidence

The productivity puzzle – it remains unclear how and to what extent the lack of credit has affected productivity

Productivity Dynamics in the Great Stagnation: Evidence from British Businesses

A banking crisis may inhibit efficient resource allocation across businesses

  • Using firm level data we can examine whether aggregate productivity weakness arises because of resource misallocation between existing firms and/or a lack of creative destruction or cleansing effect of recession

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