Economics & Finance

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Stephen Sinclair To meet its own ambitious child poverty goals, the Scottish Government must be politically courageous in focusing public services where they are most needed, and ensuring employers play their part. By renewing its commitment to eradicate child poverty (effectively revoked by the UK government in the Welfare Reform […]

Blog: Child poverty pledges require bold action to redirect resources

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Evan Williams In one of a series of blogs reflecting on the main findings from our recent reports for the Poverty and Inequality Commission, one of the report authors Evan Williams argues that the success of the Child Poverty (Scotland) Bill will rely on policy initiatives that explicitly target welfare and […]

Blog: Reflecting on the Child Poverty Strategy 2014-2017

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Following the passage of the historic Child Poverty (Scotland) Bill in November which imposes a requirement on local authorities to tackle poverty, Policy Scotland has provided several reports to support the work of the Poverty and Inequality Commission. The Commission has been tasked with providing independent advice to Scottish Ministers […]

Publication: Reports for the Poverty and Inequality Commission

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The Crichton Institute, a Research Institution in Glasgow University, hosted a roundtable on Community Benefits, Infrastructures and Major Capital Investments. Hosted by Professor Carol Hill, Head of the School of Interdisciplinary Studies, Director of Campus and of the Crichton Institute, the roundtable was organised by Dr Cristina Orsatti, Associate Researcher […]

Community Benefits, Infrastructures and Major Capital Investments Roundtable

By Professor Sir Anton Muscatelli Devolution was always said to be a process rather than an event. Over the past eighteen years, Holyrood, perhaps after hesitant beginnings, has more and more come of age. Free personal care, a ban on smoking in public places, free prescriptions, an end to student […]

Muscatelli – Time for a grown up debate on tax

In a joint event between Policy Scotland and the Stevenson Trust, the Principal of the University of Glasgow Professor Anton Muscatelli will give his view on the consequences of Brexit on the future of the Scottish and UK economy at 6pm on Tuesday 21st March in the Sir Charles Wilson building. […]

Anton Muscatelli lecture – Brexit and the future of the ...

FREEDOM of movement is one of four freedoms of the single market (with goods, services and capital) that the UK did so much to promote a generation ago. The Government appears determined to bargain some freedom of movement for some access to the single market. There is, however, no calculus […]

The economic and social necessity of freedom of movement

The Prime Minister has announced that Article 50 will be invoked by March 2017. What Brexit will mean is still unclear. Statements by the Government suggest we are heading for a “hard” Brexit. But we have also been repeatedly told that we are seeking a different model to those already […]

A quick fix for the UK’s Brexit dilemmas

Professor Anton Muscatelli is Principal of the University of Glasgow and chair of the Scottish Government Standing Council on the EU. He is writing in a personal capacity  However, we know that institutions also matter crucially in determining the path of the economy. Government decisions can also lead to significant […]

EU Membership and Scotland’s Long Term Growth

Originally posted on Ken Gibb’s personal blog on July 26 2016. Yesterday morning I went along to the IPPR-hosted Brexit event featuring a keynote speech from the First Minister. More on that later. First, and to set the scene, it is worth thinking a bit about the options to be […]

Brexit: Balancing Scotland, the UK and the EU

Economist Professor Anton Muscatelli, Principal of the University of Glasgow, writing in a personal capacity. The current EU referendum debate has focused on the negatives of the choice. In part this is because the ‘Leave’ campaign has suggested that the UK would be free to shape its economic, social and […]

Forget Project Fear, Time to hear the Positive Case for ...

The Leave campaign’s arguments about trade are based on out-dated, irrelevant assumptions and models – following them would be catastrophic for the UK economy, writes Professor Ronald MacDonald of the University of Glasgow. Trade and the EU Referendum Trade is at the core of the economic debate on the EU […]

Trade and the EU Referendum: Why the Leave campaign has ...

Professor David Bell Thursday 9th June 2016, 3-5pm – Wolfson Medical School, The Hugh Fraser Seminar Room 2, The University of Glasgow Professor David Bell, who has written extensively on the economics of constitutional change and the Scottish economy, has interesting evidence to share on the economic issues associated with […]

Leave or Remain: the Economics of Brexit

Anton Muscatelli Economist Professor Anton Muscatelli, Principal of the University of Glasgow, writing in a personal capacity and the views expressed do not reflect those of Policy Scotland or the University of Glasgow.     The mixture of fantasy and reality on which the Leave campaign is basing its arguments might […]

Brexit: A midsummer’s night’s ‘mare

For the last few months Policy Scotland has been involved in the evidencing process associated with the Commission on Local Tax reform. We have also contributed to the Scottish Property Tax Reform Network who have a briefing  paper arguing the case for more effective property taxes at the heart of local […]

Commission on Local Tax reform

A lecture given by Professor J D Gallagher, Policy Scotland, Glasgow University on 21 October 2015 In this lecture I want to do three things. Take stock, just over a year after the referendum, of where Scotland now stands, and identify the most salient constitutional fact about Scotland; and make a proposal for […]

Through a glass, darkly : Glimpsing Scotland’s constitutional future

Welfare reform is a Westminster Government policy that affects all parts of Britain, but the impact of the reforms varies a great deal from place to place. The research undertaken at Sheffield Hallam University over the last three years has led the way in documenting the financial losses at the […]

The impact of welfare reform on Scotland: Lots of pain ...

By Professor Ken Gibb, Director, Policy Scotland The media covered Reform Scotland‘s contribution to the local tax debate yesterday. This was a welcome contribution to the aims of tax reform situated much more squarely in thinking about the wider role of local government in modern Scotland. Central to their case […]

Local Tax Reform: God and the Devil in the Details