Fiscal autonomy for Scotland? A rejoinder

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In their paper „A restatement of the case for fiscal autonomy‟ Hallwood and MacDonald (2006b) claim that Barnett is a formula for a rake‟s progress and that fiscal autonomy, as outlined in their previous paper „The economic case for Scottish fiscal autonomy: with or without independence‟ (Hallwood and MacDonald, 2006a), offers a superior financial settlement for Scotland. We here restate our continued disagreements with their argument. We start with corrections of their interpretation of our paper „Flaws and myths in the case for Scottish fiscal autonomy‟ (Ashcroft, Christie and Swales, 2006) before highlighting where we believe their latest paper fails to provide answers to important questions we posed.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)55-56
Number of pages2
JournalQuarterly Economic Commentary
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2006


  • Fraser of Allander Institute
  • scottish fiscal autonomy
  • fiscal autonomy

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