fbpx Research Seminar: Tackling the UK’s Regional Economic Inequality: Binding constraints and avenues for policy intervention | Harvard Kennedy School
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Date and Location

April 3, 2023
10:15 AM - 11:30 AM EST
B-l-1 Weil Town Hall



The Growth Lab Research Seminar series is a weekly seminar that brings together researchers from across the academic spectrum who share an interest in growth and development.Location: Weil Town Hall, Belfer, HKS/ZoomWhether attending in-person or virtually, please register in advance. Room attendance is limited to the Harvard community. Seating availability is based on a first-come, first-served basis. The Zoom webinar is open to the public.About the Seminar: The UK is one of the most regionally unequal industrialized economies. In this seminar, Ed Balls and Anna Stansbury will discuss the UK’s regional economic inequality from the perspective of productivity disparities between large regions, focusing on the gap between London/South East vs the rest, looking at four important economic inputs – education, infrastructure, innovation, and access to finance – for each one building up a collage of evidence to gauge the extent to which it is a binding constraint on regions’ productivity growth. They emphasize that economic opportunity for those from outside London and the South East is curtailed by London’s overheating housing market, which limits interregional mobility.Read the full Research Paper: https://www.hks.harvard.edu/centers/mrcbg/publications/awp/awp198VoxEU summary link: https://cepr.org/voxeu/columns/how-tackle-uks-regional-economic-inequality-focus-stem-transport-and-innovation

Speakers and Presenters

Ed Balls, Professor of Political Economy at King’s College, London. Anna Stansbury, Assistant Professor of Work and Organization Studies at MIT Sloan School of Management. ​


Additional Organizers

​Growth Lab