Mr Ben Cooper

Knowledge Exchange Assistant


Personal statement

Ben Cooper is a knowledge exchange assistant within the Fraser of Allander Institute. He joined the FAI in 2018 as an intern whilst studying for his BSc Hons in Economics. Ben was most notably involved in a research project looking at the effects of the 2014 BAC reduction in Scotland. Main areas of interest are economic policy, economic consultancy and the nexus of health and crime economics.


Drink, death and driving : do blood alcohol content limit reductions improve road safety?
Cooper Benjamin, Gehrsitz Markus, McIntyre Stuart G
Health Economics Vol 29, pp. 841-847 (2020)
Let's Level with Everyone : How Do We Identify Regional Inequalities in the UK?
Black James, Cooper Benjamin, Knoche Anton, Spowage Mairi
Scottish Business Monitor : 2021 Q1
Black James, Brocek Frantisek, Cooper Benjamin, Spowage Mairi
Fraser of Allander Institute : Economic Commentary [March 2021]
, Roy Graeme, Black James, Brocek Frantisek, Cooper Benjamin, Eiser David, Kane Kevin, Knoche Anton, McGeoch Adam, McIntyre Stuart, Spowage Mairi
Fraser of Allander Economic Commentary Fraser of Allander Economic Commentary (2021)
Estimating the relationship between exports and the labour market in the UK
Black James, Spowage Mairi, Cooper Ben, McGeoch Adam, Watts Robert
Scottish Business Monitor : 2020 Q4
Black James, Cooper Benjamin, Malloy Eleanor, Roy Graeme, Spowage Mairi

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Fraser of Allander Election 2021 Podcast Series
Why Economics - Economic Futures Event

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Fraser of Allander Election 2021 Briefing
Congreve, Emma (Principal Investigator) Mitchell, Mark (Co-investigator) McIntyre, Stuart (Co-investigator) Eiser, David (Co-investigator) Spowage, Mairi (Co-investigator) Watts, Robert (Co-investigator) McGeoch, Adam (Researcher) Cooper, Benjamin (Researcher) Black, James (Researcher) Brocek, Frantisek (Researcher)
24-Jan-2021 - 04-Jan-2021
Scottish Business Monitor 2020-21
Black, James (Principal Investigator) Cooper, Benjamin (Principal Investigator) Malloy, Eleanor (Principal Investigator) Spowage, Mairi (Principal Investigator) Roy, Graeme (Principal Investigator)
The quarterly Scottish Business Monitor, sponsored by Addleshaw Goddard, provides a snapshot of activity in the Scottish economy, as well as monitoring the optimism levels of a range of businesses. The Scottish Business Monitor analyses corporate confidence across a number of key criteria, including business activity, concerns and investment.
01-Jan-2020 - 30-Jan-2021
Estimating the relationship between exports and the labour market in the UK
Black, James (Principal Investigator) Spowage, Mairi (Principal Investigator) Cooper, Benjamin (Principal Investigator) McGeoch, Adam (Principal Investigator) Watts, Robert (Principal Investigator)
Economic theory tells us that trade can help boost employment outcomes in the long run. However, the benefits of trade are not necessarily experienced equally, or at all. Evidence suggests that some sectors do better than others and that the impact on labour can differ by gender and skill group. Given the different sectoral and skill mixture of age groups and regions, it is also highly likely that the impacts also differ across these dimensions. Organisations such as the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) and the European Commission have produced estimates for some of the impacts of trade on the labour market. While these estimates can capture cross-border supply chain interactions, they are often very aggregate and do not explore the distributional impacts across different labour market characteristics and regions. Some countries, such as the United States and Canada have sought to improve their understanding of the distributional impact of trade by estimating these various impacts. However, a gap in existing statistics exists for the United Kingdom, particularly when looking at distributional impacts.

This project, commissioned by the Department for International Trade (DIT), produces for the first time a comprehensive set of indicators to estimate the aggregate and various distributional impacts of UK exports on the labour market.

This allows for an in-depth understanding of the relationship between exports and the labour market in the UK. The indicators are highly detailed and include a large number of sectors, a yearly time series covering the years 2014-16, a large number of trading partners, breakdowns by gender, occupation group, age group, qualifications, and UK NUTS1 region.
01-Jan-2020 - 10-Jan-2021
Orkney Islands Economic Review
Cooper, Benjamin (Principal Investigator) McGeoch, Adam (Principal Investigator) Roy, Graeme (Principal Investigator) Spowage, Mairi (Principal Investigator) Black, James (Principal Investigator)
Orkney is a unique economy within Scotland and has a number of significant economic strengths. It performs well on key measures of aggregate economic performance, with low levels of unemployment and relatively high levels of household income (compared to the Scottish average). It has key strengths in a number of important sectors, from tourism to the marine sector through to food and drink. Across the 70 islands that make up Orkney there is world-class renewable energy potential. Looking at what is best for Orkney’s economy, both at a local level and how national policy will impact upon local outcomes, is therefore crucial. The aim of this report, by the Fraser of Allander Institute, is to inform discussions on the future priorities of Orkney both locally and nationally.
01-Jan-2020 - 18-Jan-2020
Jobs supported by Exports - Dept of Int Trade
Roy, Graeme (Principal Investigator) Spowage, Mairi (Principal Investigator) Allan, Grant (Co-investigator) Black, James (Co-investigator) Cooper, Benjamin (Co-investigator) Findlay, Patricia (Co-investigator) McGeoch, Adam (Co-investigator)
03-Jan-2020 - 30-Jan-2020
Inclusive Growth in Northern Ireland
Congreve, Emma (Principal Investigator) Cooper, Benjamin (Principal Investigator) Spowage, Mairi (Principal Investigator) Black, James (Principal Investigator)
This report was commissioned by the Department for the Economy to examine the potential for embracing and monitoring inclusive growth in Northern Ireland. This report looks widely at existing literature on inclusive growth and the evidence to support its adoption as a core economic strategy as a means to improve living standards and reduce inequalities in society.
15-Jan-2019 - 01-Jan-2020

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