Mapping gaps: geographic inequality in productivity and living standards

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Clarke, Stephen
Resolution Foundation
Date of publication
11 July 2019
Social Policy, Poverty Alleviation Welfare Benefits and Financial Inclusion
Social welfare
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This briefing examines the relative economic performance of UK regions and nations since the 1960s, and the extent to which this has driven differences in household living standards.

On the key productivity measure of output per worker, the UK is the most geographically unequal G7 country, with even greater inequality than the US. Across the UK, output per hour worked varies by around 56 per cent between the most and least productive parts of the country (London and Wales respectively).

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