productivity growth, productivity decomposition, resource allocation, credit shock, Great Recession, Great Stagnation

The UK Productivity Puzzle 2008-2013: Evidence From British Businesses

In many larger advanced economies labour productivity growth slowed sharply and remained subdued for years after the credit crisis of 2007/08. Nowhere was this more obvious than in the UK. We examine the dynamics of productivity among British businesses that lie behind this stagnation. The most striking feature is the widespread weakness in total factor productivity within firms, pointing to the importance of a common factor in explaining productivity weakness.