The Scottish economy [December 1991]

Jim Love, Brian Ashcroft, Neil Dourmashkin, Richard Brooks, Paul Draper, Stewart Dunlop, Eleanor Malloy, Peter McGregor, Iain McNicoll, Mark McFarland, Eric McRory, Roger Perman, Kim Swales, Jim Stevens, Ya Ping Yin, Jim Love (Editor), Fraser of Allander Institute

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This detailed article provides an analysis of key Scottish economic trends based on recent data. The forecast of quarterly movements in the seasonally-adjusted Scottish output index for production industries (Divisions 1-4 of the 1980 SIC) is based on the short-term model of the Scottish economy, details of which are contained in the Briefing Paper in the September issue of the Commentary. Note that here the classification of production industries excludes construction but includes SIC Class 13 (oil and gas). As a reminder, the current Scottish output is modelled as driven by the current and past UK outputs, and also by the past Scottish output. In making the Scottish forecasts, the exogenous data on the UK output index for the forecast period are derived from the National Institute's
projections. Since the quarterly forecasts for the UK output beyond the fourth quarter of 1992 are not yet available, the present forecasting period remains the same as that in the last issue. However, the output equation is reestimated using the revised official data on the UK and Scottish output series. Therefore, the difference between the present forecasts and that in the last issue is totally
due to data revision.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)10-55
Number of pages46
JournalQuarterly Economic Commentary
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Dec 1991


  • Scottish economic trends
  • economic forecasts
  • Scottish economic performance
  • macroeconomic trends
  • labour market conditions
  • business confidence
  • Scottish business activity
  • unemployment levels
  • regional economic impact


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