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Original Thinking Lecture – Travelling through Productivity Land

This episode of the University of Manchester’s Original Thinking Lecture series – Travelling through Productivity Land will be hosted by our Managing Director Bart van Ark.

Bart will take the audience of this lecture on a tour through “global productivity land”. He will assess what he has learned about the drivers of and barriers to productivity, and what he thinks we still need to discover.

He will place today’s productivity puzzles in the western world in a long-term and international comparative perspective, presenting evidence and narratives for the three countries he has worked in particular – the Netherlands, the United Kingdom and the United States. Beyond that the productivity experiences of the European Union and Asia will feature in the background.

He will address the role of technology, innovation, skills, policy and institutions, but also look at the key challenges for the productivity agenda of the future, namely climate change and the distributional effects of productivity.


  • 29 September 2021


  • 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm
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