Scottish Parliamentary Building

EconomicsEconomic policy

The department has a particular expertise in economic policy. All the work of our other research clusters is informed by policy-relevant academic research. In tandem, we also have a particular focus in its own right - reflecting over 40 years’ of experience from the Fraser of Allander Institute – in commenting upon, advising and researching economic policy. Much of this work is highly applied with direct engagement with policymakers and industry being a hallmark of our approach.

At the same time, academics from across the department can be regularly seen in the media and taking on key roles on government advisory boards and parliamentary committees. We passionately believe that our research must have a purpose beyond academia and be used to help inform better policymaking and businesses to grow.

Example publications

Fraser of Allander Institute Economic Commentary

Scotland’s Budget report

Social mobility and the intergenerational transfer of advantage in labour and housing markets in Scotland: some preliminary analyses
Eiser, D.,
Fraser of Allander Institute Economic Commentary Vol 42, (2018)

A primer on the Scottish Parliament's new fiscal powers: what are they, how will they work, and what are the challenges?
Eiser, D.,
Fraser of Allander Institute Economic Commentary Vol 41, pp. 26-41, (2017)

Allocating grant to the UK's devolved territories by needs assessment: lessons from school funding formulae in England and Scotland 
King, D., Eiser, D.
Fiscal Studies Vol 38, pp. 81-109, (2017)

The long-term economic implications of Brexit for Scotland: an interregional analysis
Figus, G., Lisenkova, K., McGregor, P., Roy, G. & Swales, K., 28 Dec 2017,
In : Papers in Regional Science. 25 p.

The post-crisis labour market and the challenges to policymakers
Julia Darby and Stuart McIntyre
Fraser of Allander Economic Commentary 38(2) November, pages 51-62 (2014).

Natural geography, firm location and the corporation tax debate
Julia Darby, Ben Ferrett and Ian Wooton
Fraser of Allander Economic Commentary 38(1) June, pages 94-99 (2014).


  • Scottish Funding Council (2016 – 2018), Fiscal Analysis in Scotland (David Eiser & Graeme Roy)
  • Scottish Funding Council (2018 - ), Applied Economics capacity building (Graeme Roy & Mairi Spowage)
  • Asianomics Foundation (2016 - ), Support for fiscal analysis in Scotland, Dr Jim Walker (David Eiser)
  • Scottish Policy Foundation (2017 - ), Economic modelling capacity for ‘think-tanks’ in Scotland (Graeme Roy)
  • Sponsorship of Economic Commentary: Deloitte LLP (Graeme Roy)

Knowledge exchange projects