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Regional Success After Brexit: The Need for New Measures

David Hearne
Birmingham City University, UK

Alex de Ruyter
Birmingham City University, UK

Product Details
01 May 2019
Emerald Publishing Limited
152 pages - 129 x 198mm
Brexit Studies Series
The ebook edition of this title is Open Access, thanks to Knowledge Unlatched funding, and freely available to read online.

The post-Brexit environment introduces notable challenges for regional policy; however, it also offers the opportunity to reassess regional needs and appropriate funding formulae.  
Regional Success After Brexit: The Need for New Measures examines the metrics currently used to evaluate regional performance within the UK and, in the wake of Brexit, suggests better alternatives. Alongside an in-depth critique of GVA/capita, the book challenges current thinking based on nominal productivity differences and advocates measures based on real incomes, real living standards and real labour productivity.  

The book is an illuminating read for academics, researchers and policy-makers working within regional economics as it exposes the need to replace European regional funding with a new formula that takes regional prices into account and redistributes authority over the UK's revenue and spending to the regions. 
1. Thinking Inside the Box: Defining the Problem 
2. Thinking Outside the Box (Part 1): Real Living Standards 
3. Thinking Outside the Box (Part 2): Real Labour Productivity
4. Policy Implications 

Appendix A: GDHI 
Appendix B: The EKS Method 
Appendix C: FISIM
David Hearne is a researcher working in the Centre for Brexit Studies at Birmingham City University. He joined the centre in 2017, having worked in an independent think tank previously. His work focuses on understanding all aspects of regional economic performance, particularly in the West Midlands. 
Alex de Ruyter is Professor and Director of the Centre for Brexit Studies at Birmingham City University, UK. He holds a wealth of research experience and academic engagement in relation to Brexit and areas of regional economic development, skills and labour market issues.

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