Hosted by NIESR, the launch of the UK Productivity Commission took place on 16 September and included contributions by Jagjit Chadha, Bart Van Ark, Cecilia Wong and Gillian Bristow.
The first call for evidence focused on sizing the problem from an international, national, regional and sectoral perspective. Evidence was requested that identified the scale of productivity problem, how it had changed since 2008 and how Covid-19 affected it.
The Productivity Commission’s first evidence session took place on Tuesday 23 November 2021. Evidence for that session includes:
Exploring which sectors and firms, and which countries, are at the global frontier for productivity, this session also examined how can international best practice be defined and what are the main drivers of excellent productivity performance. Evidence was requested that examined the role the state played in countries that have successfully improved productivity, knowledge diffusion and how the public/private sector has interacted in countries that have improved productivity.
With two witnesses – Kitty Ussher from the Institute of Directors and Jesse Norman MP – this Productivity Commission evidence session examined the policy choices that could be selected and implemented to improve UK productivity.