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Strathclyde University’s Fraser of Allander is a leading economic research institute, which carries out impactful research to inform the big challenges and opportunities facing the nations of the UK.

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Scottish income tax outturn data 2019/20: deciphering the numbers that matter

This article explains the implications of Scottish income tax outturn statistics for 2019/20. It asks what the numbers tell us about the impacts of income tax policy, whether the Scottish budget is better or worse off with tax devolution than without it, and what the implication is of forecast error.

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A Social Accounting Matrix for Scotland

Our project uses a multi-sectoral economic model to assess the impact of COVID-19 on tourism industries and the Scottish economy. To do this the economic model is initially calibrated so that it replicates the Scottish economy before the pandemic. This is used as counterfactual for a series of scenarios representing …

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Inclusive employment and the role of social enterprises

Scotland’s labour market is not accessible for many disabled people. In this blog, we hear from the director of a social enterprise that manufactures soy wax candles and has adapted its working practices to make them accessible for everyone, regardless of disability.

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Breaking Barriers to employment for people with learning disabilities

People with learning disabilities are largely excluded from the labour market in Scotland. In this episode, we discuss Breaking Barriers – a programme that supports young Scots with a learning disability into the workplace and offers the chance to study at university.

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Fraser of Allander Institute Economic Commentary Webinar, Q2 2021

The latest Fraser of Allander Economic Commentary webinar was hosted yesterday. Mairi Spowage discussed the latest commentary with special guest Angela Mitchell from Deloitte. Emma Congreve and David Eiser also joined Mairi to discuss this latest quarter’s commentary.

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Fraser of Allander Institute Economic Commentary 2021 Q2

The recent opening of the Scottish economy enabled by the swift vaccine rollout, has led to expectations for Scotland’s economic growth being revised up to 5.9% in 2021 and 3.5% in 2022, according to the latest Economic Commentary by the Fraser of Allander Institute at the University of Strathclyde.

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Greater openness and transparency required in future funding to reduce regional inequalities

This research looks in detail at the methodology used by the UK government to allocate local authorities to different priority levels of the Levelling Up Fund.

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Mission (not) impossible: How ambitious are the Scottish Government’s child poverty targets?

Earlier this week, the Scottish Government announced a new ‘National Mission’ to tackle poverty. The announcement appeared to be tied to a call for further powers, but at the very least it stirred a renewed debate on child poverty in Scotland. It is nearly four years since the passing of …

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Latest data on the Scottish economy – Update 2nd June 2021

The Scottish economy grew by 2.1% in March, with economic output now 5.4% below pre-pandemic levels. With almost all of Scotland now operating under Tier 2 level of restrictions, with the latest announcements moving a smaller share of local authorities down to Tier 1, most businesses that have been forced to close or operate at reduced capacity are now starting to operate at close to normal levels again.

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