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Did the iPhone kill Britain’s productivity?

30 September 2023

10:00 AM

30 September 2023

10:00 AM

In the year 2007 Gordon Brown became prime minister, Northern Rock went bust and the iPhone was introduced. But something silently and invisibly calamitous must also have happened in Britain, because it was the year that productivity growth in Britain all but ceased.

Tempting though it may be to blame some or all of the above, no-one seems to be able quite to put their finger on it.

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