Blog Post: US-UK trade talks have begun – here’s what each side wants and what to expect

Trade talks between the UK and US have officially begun. Both parties are working towards a free trade agreement – a full deal, as opposed to something like the recent China-US “mini deal” that focuses on certain export targets to manage trade between the two countries. Like a lot of relationships at the moment, this one is being negotiated over video.……

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Revised Publication: Defying Gravity? Policy Uncertainty, Trade Destruction and Diversion

Dr Mustapha Douch, Professor Jun Du and Dr Enrico Vanino have made substantial changes to their publication 'Defying Gravity? Policy Uncertainty, Trade Destruction and Diversion'. To read the full article, please click here.

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Prof Jun Du Radio Interview with Sputnik

On Wednesday 29 April 2020, Prof Jun Du was invited to give a radio interview with Sputnik looking at how vulnerable the UK economy is and what Britain can do to boost productivity. Details of the full interview can be found here.

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Blog Post: How to boost UK productivity after coronavirus

The UK faces a highly uncertain economic future – with its recent withdrawal from the EU and the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak casting much into disarray. But one thing is clear: as part of its recovery, the UK economy will need to address some serious long-term issues around productivity. Productivity is the output produced given the inputs employed, such as…

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Blog Post: How Technology and Skills are key to cracking the UK’s Productivity Puzzle

Productivity can turbo charge economic growth – and ensure the survival and expansion of individual firms. But while a productivity slowdown has put the brakes on many developed economies since the 2008 financial crisis, the UK has been particularly hard hit. In fact, the UK’s productivity growth has lagged behind that of other comparable economies since the 1970s and the…

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Conference: 5th Geography of Innovation (GEOINN2020)

Both Dr Meng Song and  Ms Xiaocan Yuan were invited to present at the 5th Geography of Innovatiion Conference (GEOINNO2020), 29 - 31 January 2020, held at the Clarion Hotel Energy, Stavanger, Norway. Dr Meng Song presented 'How to gain from agglomeration externalities for innovation: the moderation role of FDI' and the title of Ms Xiaocan Yuan's work was 'Path-breaking to…

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Blog Post: Trade Diversion and Brexit Uncertainties

The normal pattern is that countries trade most with the countries that are closest to them, especially big ones that are close by.With a nod to physics, this is called the Gravity Theory of Trade: close objects have a much stronger gravitational pull than objects farther away.Yet, since the Brexit referendum, small and medium sized UK firms have begun to divert their…

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LBGCBP Reading Club

As part of the LBGCBP initiative, a reading club has been developed in order to learn, share and create collaborative opportunities. The first session took place on 4 December 2019 with the theme 'Services and Productivity'. The two papers discussed, 'The Rise of the Service Economy by Francisco J. Buera & Jospeh P. Kaboksi' and 'The Industrial Revolution in Service'…

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Jun Du Keynote Speech at the Institute of Management Services (IMS)

Prof Jun Du was invited to give a keynote speech on UK productivity puzzles and an overview of the research conducted at Lloyds Banking Group Centre for Business Prosperity (LBGCBP) on 5 October at the annual event of the Institute of Management Services (IMS), a professional body in the UK concerned with the promotion, practice and development of the range of…

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Mustapha Douch: Accepted Research Proposal

A research proposal submitted by Mustapha Douch, ‘The Effect of Policy Uncertainty on South Africa, SADC and Beyond’ has been accepted by UNU-WIDER request for research proposals on ‘Regional growth and development for Southern Africa's prosperity’.

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As part of our research into topics including trade and productivity & skills, we have produced a series of detailed publications which you are welcome to download and study the findings.


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