This briefing uses the theory of economic complexity to show how the economies of Britain’s cities and large towns have developed over time and sets out the implications for how the Government should approach its levelling up agenda.
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Why investment in rural towns should focus on skills, health and social infrastructure.
City MinutesCity Minutes: Exploring the cities versus towns debate
Senior Analyst Kathrin Enenkel on the relationship between UK cities and towns and the implications this has for people and policy makers.
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Access to workers, and the skills of those workers, are two big differences between large cities in the UK, France and Germany.
Some argue that imbalances in the UK result from London’s overperformance, rather than the underperformance of the country’s next largest cities. Making comparisons with European cities suggests this isn’t the case.
It is well known that British cities do not get more productive as they get bigger. But a very different picture emerges when looking at city centres with implications for levelling up.
Senior Policy Officer Julieta Cuneo picks out key insights from our latest event exploring the dilemmas and tensions present within the levelling up agenda.
Red wall MPs point to the success of Sunderland’s Nissan plant as the model the current Government should replicate, but almost 40 years on the city is still in need of being ‘levelled up’.
Kathrin Enenkel explores the tense relationship between politics and economics within the Government's levelling up agenda.