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Yesterday, a framework for decision making… tomorrow, what next?

Yesterday, the Scottish Government published “COVID 19 – A Framework for Decision Making”. This document sets out how and under what circumstances the SG will take decisions on relaxing the current lockdown restrictions that we have all been getting used to. The First Minister presented this as an attempt to …

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Covid 19 – Impact on Scottish Universities

This article was written by Stephen Boyle, a visiting researcher at the Fraser of Allander Institute. Scotland’s universities have been successful in attracting international students. Among the richest ‘western’ countries, only in Luxembourg is the share of such students greater than in Scotland. In 2018-19, 23% of enrolments in Scotland’s …

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Self-employment in Scotland and the new support measures

After a number of days of an announcement being anticipated, yesterday evening the Chancellor announced new measures to support self-employed workers through the COVID-19 pandemic. Those that are self-employed will now receive a taxable grant worth up to 80% of their average monthly trading profits over the past three years. …

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A referendum in 2020?

The First Minister continues to push for a second independence referendum ‘before the end of 2020’. There are of course a number of political hurdles to cross before this could happen. And these will no doubt dominate debates in the press and social media. But will the Scottish Government be …

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2019 Sir Alexander Stone Lecture: ‘Brexit: the unanswered questions for UK and Scottish policymakers’

Introduction Thank you Andrew and can I add my welcome to everyone for coming along this evening. I must confess to only knowing of Sir Alexander Stone as the name on the building at Glasgow where my economics lectures used to be held. For those of you who don’t know, …

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