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What we do

The Centre seeks to identify practical ways to increase productivity and enhance shared prosperity. Our research programme covers four broad and interlinking areas, each of which assumes a national and local lens:

Trade and Competitiveness


Sustainable Public Finances


Strategic Economic Infrastructure


Public Services, Welfare and Skills


How we work

To maximise the impact of our work on the ground, the Centre brings together a focus on:

  • High quality analysis to develop policy recommendations fully, identifying through robust quantitative and qualitative research key barriers to system change;
  • Engagement and advocacy, co-designing research programmes with policymakers to develop pragmatic solutions and maximise the real world value of our work; and,
  • Implementation, working with stakeholders – including national and local government, business and civil society – to navigate technical, political and institutional complexity to achieve outcomes.

Latest Research

Blog: The World Cup brings us together, shouldn’t economic policies do the same?

Inclusive growth, and the ideas and concepts emerging from it, represent a fundamental reassessment of our economic principles, priorities and assumptions – and a response to that disaffection. At the heart of it is one big idea: it isn’t enough to welcome the rate, or quantity of economic growth. We also have to consider its quality.

Book: Work in the Digital Age Challenges of the Fourth Industrial Revolution

Drawing on a wide range of international expertise, contributors examine important policy challenges arising from the transformation of work as a result of the introduction of digital technology at work.

Working Paper: Don’t shoot the messenger – Why mergers and acquisitions highlight, not cause, the UK’s economic issues

Despite the political noise, John Dudding from the Centre for Progressive Policy argues that the economic case for a public interest test for takeovers doesn’t stack up