The Scottish economy [October 1981]

N. Fraser, D. Bell, D. Hamilton, F. Harrigan, A. Jowett, J. McGilvray, I. McNicoll, L. Moar, N. O'Donnell, D. Simpson, E. Tait, J. Walker, A. Wingfield, N. Fraser (Editor)

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    Throughout this year economists, industrialists and politicians have been
    analysing and discussing the economy and making countervailing claims as to
    whether or not the recession is over. While many industrialists are clearly aware of the factors influencing their own business they are uncertain of the economy wide prospects. Meanwhile politicians couch their economic analysis in language which maximises their own political objectives. Similarly many economists attempt to defend the schools of thought upon which their reputations are staked. The conflicting viewpoints expressed have resulted in widespread confusion about the future prospects of both the Scottish and British economies. However, much of
    this confusion arises out of a failure to differentiate between the effect the current recession has had on the level of output and on the level of unemployment. It is widely recognised that a strong relationship exists between these variables and that changes in the level of unemployment lag behind changes in the level of output. It is worthwhile examining each of these factors and assessing their likely future movements.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)5-27
    Number of pages23
    JournalQuarterly Economic Commentary
    Issue number2
    Publication statusPublished - Oct 1981


    • Scottish economic growth
    • economic conditions
    • Scottish economic performance
    • Scottish gross domestic product (GDP)
    • labour market conditions
    • employment patterns
    • industrial production
    • unemployment
    • recession economics


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