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A productivity predicament

Is the urgent overtaking the important? Structural economic problems deserve more attention

By Simon Kirby & Amit Kara  

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There are many pressing issues related to housing, health, education and our new relationship with the European Union that will dominate the policy debates until 8th June. Political parties will aim to win over voters quickly with messages on these emotive subjects. But amidst the urgency there is a genuine risk that we lose sight of the most pressing structural questions facing the UK economy—questions concerning labour productivity and living standards.

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