Data for: "A Scandinavian ‘high-tax, high-spend’ model for regions? The impact of enhanced regional fiscal autonomy"

  • Tobias Emonts-Holley (Creator)
  • Alastair Greig (Strathclyde Institute of Pharmacy and Biomedical Science) (Creator)
  • Patrizio Lecca (European Commission Joint Research Centre) (Creator)
  • Katerina Lisenkova (Creator)
  • Peter McGregor (Creator)
  • John Swales (Contributor)



The fiscal powers of the Scottish government have increased significantly, resulting in the first (modest) regional differences in income tax rates within the UK. In fact, the current degree of fiscal autonomy would permit a radical shift towards a high-tax, high-spend ‘Scandinavian model’. It is found that the impact of such a change on the Scottish economy is likely to be positive only if the public value the increased public spending and are willing, and able, to accept a corresponding reduction in their take-home pay. It is concluded that the current bargaining system is unlikely to deliver such an outcome.

This work was supported by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) under The Constitutional Future of Scotland and the United Kingdom [grant number ES/L003325/1]. Tobias Emonts-Holley acknowledges joint Scottish government and ESRC funding of his doctorate.

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Date made available23 Feb 2023
Date of data production2019

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