The `Productivity Paradox’, 15th April, Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School, University College Dublin

Britain’s productivity under-performance has dominated headlines in recent months as the accumulating evidence points to a deteriorating domestic situation compared to other countries. Professor Peter Nolan addressing researchers at the Smurfit Business School, Dublin, reviewed the evidence and analysis from inter alia the Bank of England and argued that the position of labour and the significance of employment structure has been seriously neglected in studies of the underlying of low output per worker hour (productivity) in Britain. He argued that `too few writers have sought to locate the issues historically’. The answers provided thus far `range from a description of the near obvious to a-historical accounts of contemporary material circumstances’.

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