The 1980's Scottish productivity boom: good news or bad?

Frank Kirwan, Peter McGregor

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One of the most striking features of the Scottish and UK economies has been the
sustained increase in labour productivity in manufacturing since the latter part of
1980. The "productivity boom" has been less marked in Scotland than in the UK as a whole, but has nonetheless been significant. Is the productivity boom good or bad news for the Scottish economy? The official view is that the increase in labour productivity reflects in some sense a strengthening of the economy. This view may indeed be an important element in the official, but nonetheless erroneous, view
that Scotland is "leading the UK out of recession".
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)75-77
Number of pages3
JournalQuarterly Economic Commentary
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Nov 1984


  • Scottish economy
  • productivity
  • Scottish gross domestic product (GDP)
  • Scotland
  • manufacturing

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