Mr David Eiser

Senior Knowledge Exchange Fellow


Personal statement

My research interests are in the economics of devolved finances, and labour markets and inequality.

I have led the Fraser of Allander Institute's work on Fiscal Policy since 2016. I coordinate FAI's annual report on the Scottish budget, and provide regular analysis of the Scottish budget. I was adviser to the Scottish Parliament’s Finance and Constitution Committee between 2016-2021. 

I am currently leading ESRC-funded research into the devolved government's funding frameworks during the Covid-19 pandemic, and supporting the Fiscal Commission Northern Ireland in its deliberations over options for tax devolution to Northern Ireland.

I have published extensively on trends in income inequality and social mobility in Scotland. Between 2017 and 2019 I was a Commissioner on the Scottish Government's Poverty and Inequality Commission. I coordinate a course called 'the economics of inequality' on Strathclyde's Applied Economics MSc.




A discussion of yesterday's spending review [Podcast] EP60
Spowage Mairi, Eiser David
Options for Reforming the Devolved Fiscal Frameworks Post-Pandemic
Bell David, Eiser David, Phillips David
Scotland's Budget Report 2021
, Eiser David, Fox Calum, McIntyre Stuart, Spowage Mairi
Fraser of Allander Institute : Economic Commentary [2021 Q4]
, Spowage Mairi, McGeoch Adam, Fox Calum, Eiser David, Mcalinden Ross, McIntyre Stuart
Fraser of Allander Economic Commentary Fraser of Allander Economic Commentary, Vol 45, No. 4 (2021)
A review of today’s FAI Quarterly Economic Commentary with Deloitte, December 2021 [Podcast] EP58
Spowage Mairi, Eiser David, Williams Steve
Key messages from yesterday’s Scottish budget [Podcast] EP57
Spowage Mairi, Eiser David, Congreve Emma

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Professional activities

Evidence to the Scottish Parliament Finance Committee on Scotland's Fiscal Framework
Presentation to Employment Support Scotland
Evidence to the Scottish Parliament Finance Committee on Scottish Budget 2022/23
Scottish budget: No big surprises . . . and a little underwhelming
Alumni Webinar with Debbie Crosbie, CEO TSB
The economics of Scottish independence

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Review of the Scottish Government’s Fiscal Framework: Independent Report
Eiser, David (Principal Investigator)
11-Jan-2022 - 31-Jan-2022
Understanding the impact of Covid-19 on income: labour market changes and policy solutions
Congreve, Emma (Principal Investigator) Eiser, David (Co-investigator)
10-Jan-2022 - 30-Jan-2022
Trends in Socio-Economic Determinants of Health Inequalities in Scotland
Eiser, David (Principal Investigator) Congreve, Emma (Co-investigator) Smith, Kat (Co-investigator) Spowage, Mairi (Co-investigator) Stewart, Ellen (Co-investigator)
10-Jan-2022 - 30-Jan-2022
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
COVID and the UK nations' fiscal frameworks: impacts, performance and lessons
Eiser, David (Principal Investigator)
22-Jan-2021 - 21-Jan-2022
To examine changing patterns of working hours to better understand what drives changes, how do they affect poverty/inequality, and how policy could respond
Eiser, David (Principal Investigator) Roy, Graeme (Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2020 - 31-Jan-2020

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