UK productivity problem worse than thought - BoE
If the findings are right, they may raise the barrier to the BoE restarting bond purchases - which offer a one-off stimulus to demand but do not tackle underlying issues - and put a greater onus on government and BoE policymakers to tackle Britain's poor productivity.
Weak productivity is a well-known problem for the British economy, and official data released earlier on Thursday showed that on one measure it fell to its lowest level since 2005.
However, existing research referred to in the paper by Weale and two other BoE economists suggested that "temporary demand shocks" - such as headwinds from the euro zone or government austerity - were the main reasons for slow British growth.
Britain's economy shrank by around 7 percent in the 2008-09 recession, and its recovery since then has been amongst the slowest of the six economies looked at in the study, which include the United States, Canada, Germany, France and Italy.
Earlier work had failed to properly account for the links between these economies, and doing so correctly led to new conclusions about Britain, the study said.
"The previous conclusions are
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