Category Archives: Business

Prospects for Growth in Scottish GDP

The latest GDP figures were released today. They show the Scottish economy grew by 0.1% in 2015 Q3. This is a fairly weak performance. The UK economy as a whole grew by 0.4% in the same quarter; it grew by … Continue reading

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Scottish Independence: Analysing Views From the Oil & Gas and Finance Sectors.

David Bell & Michael McGoldrick University of Stirling Two of the most important sectors in the Scottish economy are finance and oil & gas. These are highly productive and dynamic elements of the Scottish economy. They are also quite large: … Continue reading

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Creating a border effect

My blog on The border effect and Scottish independence(*) was published last week at the LSE Politics site. The exercise that this post was based on, is the comparison of the apparent border frictions between Scotland and the rest of the … Continue reading

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Large Markets, Gains from Trade, and a Puzzle

The latest paper in the UK Government’s Scotland Analysis series was released last week by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills. The BIS paper describes the benefits of a large market for business, workers and consumers. This detail is … Continue reading

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Business Attitudes to the Independence Debate

The business community has been relatively quiet during the independence debate. Just like the public, businesses have differing views about the case for Scottish independence. Some argue that independence will be transformational, leading to a revival of entrepreneurship and the … Continue reading

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