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Wednesday, 7 June 2023

Original Thinking Lecture with Philip McCann

In his inaugural lecture, Philip McCann, Chair in Urban and Regional Economics in The Productivity Institute at AMBS, will discuss the causes, capital markets and consequences of UK regional productivity disparities.

Event Time
7 Jun 17:30 - 7 Jun 18:30
Event Location
Alliance Manchester Business School (online also available)
Event Type

Our Original Thinking Lecture series showcases some of the world-leading research from colleagues at Alliance MBS.

This event will be hosted by Philip McCann, Chair in Urban and Regional Economics in The Productivity Institute at AMBS.

UK Regional Productivity Disparities: Causes, Capital Markets and Consequences

In this lecture, Philip will discuss some of the key themes giving rise to the UK’s high interregional productivity differences.

Philip’s talk will trace some of the earlier long-run causes, but then will focus on the more recent causes of, and responses to, these disparities. In particular, he will examine the role played by financial capital markets since the 2008 Global Financial Crisis in driving regional divergence, alongside the played by governance and institutional changes, some of which have been ineffective while others have potentially exacerbated these problems.

The consequences of these shocks will be discussed, alongside potential ways forward for narrowing the regional productivity disparities.

Philip McCann

Philip McCann is Chair in Urban and Regional Economics in The Productivity Institute at Alliance Manchester Business School.

He is one of the world’s most highly cited spatial economists and economic geographers of his generation, and has won eight international awards for his research, including the 2019 ERSA European Prize in Regional Science.

He was formerly a Special Adviser to two EU Commissioners for Regional and Urban Policy, an advisor to four directorates within the OECD, and is an adviser to government ministries in the UK and elsewhere.

His 570-page book The UK Regional-National Economic Problem: Geography, Globalisation and Governance (2016 Routledge) is the most detailed and comprehensive analysis of the UK’s regional economic problems ever undertaken in one volume.

This event will be facilitated by Professor Richard Jones, Professor of Materials Physics and Innovation Policy, Vice-President for Regional Innovation and Civic Engagement, Co-Investigator of The Productivity Institute, University of Manchester.