Has there been an economic dividend from devolution?

Jo Armstrong, Richard Harris, John McLaren, John Moffat

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It is now over twelve years since the restoration of Scotland's parliament, after a hiatus of almost three centuries. Sufficient time has therefore elapsed that it is possible to provide some evidence on whether Scotland's economy has indeed performed better under devolution. Thus we look at productivity, GVA per head, employment, and R&D to see if there has been any relative improvement post-1999. Having done this, two of the channels through which devolution may affect these variables will be discussed: the composition of expenditure and policy innovation2. This is particularly timely given that the UK and Scottish parliaments are currently considering proposals which will give further fiscal powers to the Scottish parliament, and the Scottish government is planning to hold a referendum on full independence in the autumn of 2014.
LanguageEnglish
Pages58-66
Number of pages9
JournalFraser of Allander Economic Commentary
Volume35
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2012

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Economics
Parliament
Devolution
Dividends
Scotland
Restoration
Expenditure
Government
Planning
Productivity
Referendum
Fiscal

Keywords

  • Scottish economic performance
  • economic growth strategies
  • Scottish devolution

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Armstrong, J., Harris, R., McLaren, J., & Moffat, J. (2012). Has there been an economic dividend from devolution? Fraser of Allander Economic Commentary, 35(3), 58-66.
Armstrong, Jo ; Harris, Richard ; McLaren, John ; Moffat, John. / Has there been an economic dividend from devolution?. In: Fraser of Allander Economic Commentary. 2012 ; Vol. 35, No. 3. pp. 58-66.
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Armstrong, J, Harris, R, McLaren, J & Moffat, J 2012, 'Has there been an economic dividend from devolution?' Fraser of Allander Economic Commentary, vol. 35, no. 3, pp. 58-66.

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Armstrong J, Harris R, McLaren J, Moffat J. Has there been an economic dividend from devolution? Fraser of Allander Economic Commentary. 2012 Feb;35(3):58-66.