Research areas

Improving productivity in the public services.

Dr Jo Blanden leads an international team of Economists as they investigate the four research themes of the Better for Less project and interrogate their underlying assumptions. The research will initially focus on Health, and then on Education.

Research themes


The Efficiency-Effectiveness Trade-Off

Productivity improvements can be achieved in the Public Services without a loss of effectiveness or increase in cost.

Harnessing the Power of the Workforce

Labour productivity can be realised in the Public Sector workforce by reconfiguration and optimising skill mix.

Competition, Choice and Innovation

Competition, choice and innovation will improve productivity and quality within Public Services.

Ownership, Accountability, Incentives and Motivation

Changing ownership and accountability structures and incentives will improve motivation and productivity in the Public Sector workforce.