Exports and the climate emergency? (an aside)

One interesting aside to recent discussions on the latest export figures for Scotland is the links between exports and emissions. On the one hand, the Scottish Government are committed to growing Scotland’s international presence through boosting exports. But as we showed in a companion blog, any realistic attempt to boost …

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Economic statisticians, irony and Scotland’s latest trade statistics

Economists aren’t known for their sense of humour. Economics statisticians less so. So it was highly ironic – albeit perhaps not very funny – that just two days before the UK’s departure from the EU, analysts in the Scottish Government published their latest annual account of Scottish exports. As expected, …

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Export Action Plan: Agree or disagree on the policy actions of the Scottish Government – this is an excellent piece of evidence based policy making

Today the Scottish Government published a new Export Action Plan, with targets to improve Scotland’s export base over the coming years. Those with a memory of economic policymaking will recall that this is not the first time the government has set out ambitions to improve Scotland’s export performance. The most …

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Scottish Exports: Growth in 2017 but target missed

Today the Scottish Government published Export Statistics Scotland, the key source of information on Scottish exports. In light of the ongoing Brexit uncertainty and the potential risks to Scottish trade patterns, today’s publication offers some interesting insights into the different markets that Scotland sells to, the sectors that are doing …

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The gains from economic integration: The EU has still a long way to go

David Comerford, Chancellor’s Fellow, Fraser of Allander Institute, Department of Economics, University of Strathclyde Sevi Rodriguez Mora, Professor of Economics, University of Edinburgh; CEPR Research Fellow First published on VoxEU.org at: https://voxeu.org/article/gains-economic-integration-eu Summary Populists in Europe are contesting the perceived benefits of economic integration between countries. This column uses data …

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Scottish exports – on target?

Boosting Scottish exports has been a goal of all Scottish administrations whatever their political make-up. Back in 2011, the Scottish Government set a target to grow international exports by 50% by 2017. This was an admirable target, and growing our international exports has taken on even greater significance with Brexit. …

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