Latest Fraser of Allander Commentary
June 2017: volume 41, number 2
Our recent economic forecasts and analysis of the Scottish economy have been set against a period of significant uncertainty.
The Scottish Economy
This article provides an overview of Scotland’s new Fiscal Framework. The Fiscal Framework sets out how the new powers devolved to the Scottish Parliament in the Scotland Acts 2012 and 2016 will be made operational. It provides a brief overview of the history of fiscal devolution to Scotland since the establishment of the Scottish Parliament in 1999. Read more.
This article uses on-going research at the Fraser of Allander Institute that explores the possibility of a policy “triple win” in the area of healthy eating. It shows that were food consumption in Scotland to follow healthy eating guidelines, it would not only improve the health of the population, but also have positive environmental impacts and may even be associated with positive economic impacts as well. We demonstrate that were healthy eating in Scotland to become more prevalent it would impact positively on several stated Scottish Government policy objectives in health, environment and the economy. Read more.
Women working full-time in Scotland earn less on average than men. Scotland’s gender pay gap at 6.2% in 2016 is smaller than the UK average and is generally declining. However, key sectors and occupations continue to post substantial pay gaps. Read more.
Self-employment in Scotland has grown significantly in recent years, faster than in many other countries. It has accounted for almost half of overall employment growth over the past decade and over 80% of the growth in the number of businesses in Scotland. Self-employment in Scotland, however, accounts for just over 1 in 10 jobs, lower than in many other countries. Read more.