Scottish productivity statistics – latest update and longer-term trends

Last week, the Scottish Government published updated labour productivity figures up to the third quarter of 2018. The release was also effectively the first official assessment of Scotland’s international productivity performance up to the end of 2017. Recall that this was the measure used to assess the ‘Scotland Performs’ target …

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Scotland’s “Middling” Productivity – An International Perspective

Mark Mitchell and Robert Zymek University of Edinburgh It is now well understood that differences in labour productivity – the value of goods and services that can be produced in an average hour of work – explain many observable economic differences between countries. Evidence shows that that highly productive economies outperform …

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Data on Scotland’s economic growth- what’s the difference?

One of the interesting features of the Scottish economic data landscape is that both the Scottish Government and the ONS produce their own separate measures of economic growth for Scotland. Recently we got some new National Accounts data from the Scottish Government as well as new data from the ONS …

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Unpicking Scotland’s recent productivity performance relative to the UK: is it all that it seems?

Productivity has once again jumped back up to the top of the news agenda. UK productivity growth remains exceptionally weak. And as we discussed in our Budget Briefing event on Friday, the decision by the OBR to revise their forecast for productivity has had a major impact on the outlook …

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Scotland’s recent productivity performance – is it all good news?

Last month, updated figures for labour market productivity in Scotland were published. They showed a relatively sharp jump in productivity– a rise of 3.5% in 2015. This led the Scottish Government to conclude that the “figures show that Scotland’s productivity performance has grown around four times faster than the UK, …

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