What the council of economic advisors need to know about sustainable development

Evan Williams, Eric McRory, Caspian Richards, Scot Mathieson, Brian Ashcroft (Editor)

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The decision by Alex Salmond to appoint a Council of Economic Advisors to move economic decision making away from purely political rationale is particularly welcome given the new administration’s commitment to sustainable economic growth as the overarching priority. From the first Minister’s statement to parliament4 is clear that as an economist he recognises that sustainable economic growth is not (just) economic growth that continues but economic growth that is environmentally and socially sustainable. In the Scottish Environment Protection Agency we have wrestled with just what sustainable economic growth might mean and here we offer some of our own thoughts to help the new council of economic advisors in their work.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)49-53
Number of pages5
JournalQuarterly Economic Commentary
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2007


  • Fraser of Allander Institute
  • counci of economic advisors
  • sustainable development


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