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Investing for Prosperity: Skills, Infrastructure and Innovation

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  • Timothy Besley
  • Miguel Coelho
  • John Van Reenen

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What policies and institutions are needed to sustain long-run growth in the UK? We describe an optimistic story of the UK economy over the past 30 years. From the late 1970s, the UK reversed a century of relative decline in terms of per capita GDP with our main counterparts in the US, France and Germany. A key factor behind this improvement was an array of policy changes including an expansion of higher education and greater competition in product and labour markets. However, major weaknesses with respect to long-run investment in human capital, infrastructure and innovation remain. These are hampered by problems of short-termism and policy risk. We propose a series of radical reforms to address these problems: such as more flexibility in schooling with a new focus on disadvantage; a new architecture for national infrastructure decisions and more competition in banking.

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  • Timothy Besley & Miguel Coelho & John Van Reenen, 2013. "Investing for Prosperity: Skills, Infrastructure and Innovation," National Institute Economic Review, National Institute of Economic and Social Research, vol. 224(1), pages 1-13, May.
  • Handle: RePEc:sae:niesru:v:224:y:2013:i:1:p:r1-r13
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    1. Nathan, Max & Rosso, Anna, 2015. "Mapping digital businesses with big data: Some early findings from the UK," Research Policy, Elsevier, vol. 44(9), pages 1714-1733.
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    3. Nathan, Max & Rosso, Anna, 2014. "Mapping information economy businesses with big data: findings from the UK," LSE Research Online Documents on Economics 60615, London School of Economics and Political Science, LSE Library.
    4. Emmerling, Johannes & Groom, Ben & Wettingfeld, Tanja, 2017. "Discounting and the representative median agent," Economics Letters, Elsevier, vol. 161(C), pages 78-81.
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    6. Steve Gibbons, 2015. "Planes, Trains and Automobiles: The Economic Impact of Transport Infrastructure," SERC Policy Papers 013, Spatial Economics Research Centre, LSE.
    7. Nathan, Max & Vandore, Emma, 2013. "Here be startups: exploring a young digital cluster in inner East London," LSE Research Online Documents on Economics 58424, London School of Economics and Political Science, LSE Library.
    8. Dan Andrews & Chiara Criscuolo, 2013. "Knowledge-Based Capital, Innovation and Resource Allocation," OECD Economics Department Working Papers 1046, OECD Publishing.

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    Keywords

    UK economy; investment; productivity; policy risk;

    JEL classification:

    • O20 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Development Planning and Policy - - - General
    • O52 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economywide Country Studies - - - Europe

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