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LSE Growth Commission,
London School of Economics,
Houghton Street,
London WC2A 2AE


Tel: +44 20 7955 7285
Fax : +44 20 7404 0612


Email: lsegrowth@lse.ac.uk




The LSE Growth Commission aims to provide the authoritative contribution to the formulation and implementation of a long-term growth strategy in the UK.

A key feature of the commission's operation has been a series of evidence sessions, each focusing on an individual topic, whose proceedings have been made publicly available as a permanent record of the commission. Investing for Prosperity: Skills, Infrastructure and innovation is the end product. It articulates the views of the commission on how to improve the growth performance of the UK economy in a sustainable way.

On 3 September 2013, the LSE Growth Commission published a book, Investing for Prosperity: A Manifesto for Growth. The book builds on the findings of the report and will be available from all good bookshops. More info on our publications page.

Watch LSE Growth Commission Co-Chair, John Van Reenen, layout the Commission's Manifesto for Growth [external link].

The work of the Growth Commission is continuingOver the course of 2013 we are presenting the report and discussing its findings with a wide range of policy-makers, opinion leaders, schools and members of the public. Visit our news and events page for more information.

LSE Growth Commission Book Published

This book, based on the work of the LSE Growth Commission and greatly expanding upon its first published report, argues that the UK should build on its strengths and proposes how we can address the inadequate institutional structures that have deterred long-term investment to support our future prosperity.

Why democracies aren't good at bridge-building

The London School of Economics Growth Commission, a panel of academics, former government officials and business leaders, has just published a report on how to improve Britain’s economic performance...a notable piece of work that deserves to be widely read, and not just in Britain. Bloomberg, 5 February 2013.

We've been on a roll - and can do it again

"...LSE Growth Commission stressed that Britain approaches the future with very considerable advantages, and an economy that is far from broken". Sunday Times, 3 February 2013

Planning for long-term growth tells us what we should do in the short-term

"...the path to future prosperity is decidedly one involving, indeed demanding, government involvement in the economy rather than stepping back." New Statesman, 1 February 2013

A growth manifesto

It is tempting to think Britain is well past its best...But a proposal-packed new report compiled by a panel of academics, policymakers and business experts is more optimistic. The Economist, 1 February 2013

UK needs industrial strategy, LSE economists say

Britain urgently needs new institutions to ensure vital infrastructure projects are not derailed by political indecision if the country is to prosper in the future, the LSE has demanded in a “manifesto for growth”. Daily Telegraph 31 January 2013

Britain needs a long term prosperity plan

Help investors to make commitments, write John Van Reenen and Richard Lambert. Financial Times, 30 January 2013.

For all of our press coverage, please visit the Press Cuttings page

Future Scotland: Future Growth - Going for Growth

John Van Reenen, presentation to Scottish Council for Development & Industry event, 19 April 2012. Download Slides

Investing for Prosperity

John Van Reenen and Nichols Stern present the LSE Growth Commission Report to OECD Secretary General and colleagues, 16 April 2013. Download Slides

UK Growth Performance

John Van Reenen, presentation to Department of Communities & Local Government, October 2012

All the latest growth-related research from our commissioners is available on our Latest Research webpage.

BBC Stephanie Flanders - Long term thinking for the UK Economy

Why do we spend so little time talking about what really matters? Far more important...would be the kind of long-term strategic choices highlighted in the LSE's report.

VOXeu.org - Investing in UK prosperity: skills, infrastructure and innovation

Presenting the LSE Growth Commission’s integrated recommendations for reigniting UK growth, arguing that an inability to achieve sustainable growth is rooted in longer-term problems arising from a failure to invest, notably in skills, infrastructure and innovation. Tim Besley & John Van Reenen.

British Politics & Policy @ LSE blog

Investing in UK prosperity: skills, infrastructure and innovation can get us out of the current stasis. Tim Besley & John Van Reenen

The LSE Growth Commission and its research team welcome comments and suggestions from external thinkers in academia, business and policy. If you would like to give evidence or submit your comments, please email lsegrowth@lse.ac.uk.

Please visit our Contributors page to read all submissions so far.


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