Devolution in 2020: What have we learnt from Brexit and COVID-19?

Mairi Spowage, Deputy Director of the Institute, is joined by Dr Hannah White, Deputy Director of the Institute for Government, to discuss the interaction between the budgetary processes at Westminster and the devolved governments, how well devolved budgetary processes are understood by Westminster, the experience of inter-governmental relations throughout the pandemic, and of course Brexit and the Internal Market Bill.

Businesses show increase in confidence for the coming 6 months after a challenging end to 2019

The Fraser of Allander Business Monitor is one of the first major surveys of Scottish firms post-election. The figures show that the outlook for business activity, investment and employment are at their highest level since 2014. This follows a challenging end to 2019 for all these indicators. Expectations of growth …

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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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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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UK regional growth in a time of economic uncertainty – estimates to 2019 Q2

This blog presents research outputs from an Economic Statistics Centre of Excellence project. ESCoE provides the Office for National Statistics with research that addresses the challenges of measuring the modern economy, as recommended by Professor Sir Charles Bean in his Independent Review of UK Economics Statistics. This research was undertaken by Strathclyde …

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