IndyRef Twitter Analysis: New & traditional media

Today we provide another snapshot of one week’s coverage (20-26th January 2014 – c.27,000 connections[1]) of the debate about the Scottish Independence Referendum on the social media platform, Twitter. The patterns are broadly similar to those we reported in January (based on one week’s traffic in December 2013). Typically those in support of a yes…

John Swinney – Independence can meet economic challenges

Scotland’s economy will benefit from independence over the uncertainty that would face the country within the UK, Finance Secretary John Swinney told a large audience at the inaugural annual Policy Scotland lecture on 10th December 2013. Speaking at Glasgow University Mr Swinney said that Scotland’s economic performance has improved significantly since 1999 with Scotland reaching similar…

Currency Issues and Options for an Independent Scotland

By Professor Ronald MacDonald, Research Professor of Macroeconomics and International Finance, Adam Smith Business School, University of Glasgow In this paper, Professor Ronald MacDonald takes on the role of a ‘virtual consultant’ to a potentially independent Scotland. What should the exchange rate regime of an independent Scotland look like? MacDonald argues that the current proposal…