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Improving productivity in the public services

Public sector performance has long been a controversial topic attracting significant attention. Performance can be defined narrowly as productivity (output/input) or more broadly as effectiveness (output/goal). Following the recent financial crisis the government accelerated the pace of reform; expanding the competition and choice agenda, and opening up public services to a range of new providers.

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We are currently conducting the candidate assessment study and the Higher Education Survey.

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Professor Jo Blanden

Professor in Economics

Jo Blanden graduated from the University of East Anglia in 1998; she then studied for a Masters degree in Economics at University College London. From 2000 to 2005 she was a full-time researcher in the Centre for Economic Performance (CEP) at the London School of Economics and completed her PhD at UCL over this time. She joined the Department of Economics at Surrey in October 20...

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