Today’s Fraser of Allander Economic Commentary in 10 bullet points

Today we published our latest Economic Commentary – our first commentary in partnership with Deloitte.

Alongside the usual commentary on the Scottish economy there are some interesting articles from:

  • John Ireland and Mairi Spowage of the Scottish Fiscal Commission as they get ready for their first official forecasts in advance of the Scottish Budget;
  • Sandy Stewart – Head of National Accounts in the Scottish Government – setting out the government’s plans to further develop economic statistics in Scotland;
  • Neil Hamilton and Kenny Richmond from Scottish Enterprise looking at the recent performance of SMEs in Scotland;
  • Stuart McIntyre from the FAI looking at developments in job-related training in Scotland; and,
  • Paul Hopkins and Kenny Richmond (also from Scottish Enterprise) looking at the issue of late payment.

Here we summarise some of the key conclusions from our outlook section.

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Another look at Q1’s GDP figures

Next week, we will be publishing our latest Fraser of Allander Economic Commentary. This will be the first Commentary in association with Deloitte.

In advance of next week’s Commentary, we’ve been looking again at the quarterly growth figures for Q1 in 2017. The results are interesting and offer a surprising insight into what actually drove the strong results reported in the first three months of the year. Continue reading “Another look at Q1’s GDP figures”

Today’s Labour Market Statistics – also a note on interpreting the data

Today saw the release of fresh data on the Scottish labour market from the ONS which (mostly!) cover data up to June 2017. Some additional data only cover the period up to March 2017.The main data can be accessed here.

In this blog, we pull out and highlight the key trends in these data.

Essentially, headline indicators of Scotland’s labour market remain good, but we need to bear in mind that, as always, the health of Scotland’s labour market is more complicated than headline numbers.

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The carbon emissions and economic impact of healthy eating in Scotland

David Comerford, Fraser of Allander Institute

As part of a project now underway at the Fraser of Allander Institute, we are considering the climate change and macroeconomic impacts of a change in demand toward a more healthy diet on the Scottish environment and economy.

In this blog we summarise some of the initial results from the analysis. Continue reading “The carbon emissions and economic impact of healthy eating in Scotland”