Reappraising Scotland's exports and their geographies: Brexit and beyond

Ronald V. Kalafsky, Ross Brown

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    Firms internationalise to expand and diversify their sales, while policymakers see exports as a means of promoting productivity and economic growth. Exports therefore receive an increasing amount of attention given these positive attributes. Within this context, this paper presents data on the geographies and dynamics of Scotland’s export patterns. It shows that Scottish exports are highly concentrated within a small number of global markets, with Scottish firms exhibiting a decreasing reliance on exports to the European Union. Only a small minority of Scottish SMEs export and the majority of these firms derive less than a quarter of their sales from international markets. These lines of enquiry are presented within the context of the impending departure of the UK from the European Union and what this might mean for Scotland’s exporters. The paper ends with some indicative policy recommendations.
    LanguageEnglish
    Number of pages18
    JournalFraser of Allander Economic Commentary
    Volume42
    Issue number3
    Publication statusPublished - 26 Sep 2018

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    Scotland
    Geography
    European Union
    Minorities
    Productivity growth
    International markets
    Small and medium-sized enterprises
    Economic growth
    Global market
    Exporters
    Politicians

    Keywords

    • Fraser of Allander
    • Brexit
    • economic activity

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    Reappraising Scotland's exports and their geographies : Brexit and beyond. / Kalafsky, Ronald V.; Brown, Ross.

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