Mr David Eiser

Knowledge Exchange Fellow


Personal statement

I have led the Fraser of Allander Institute's work on Fiscal Policy since 2016. The work involves regular commentary on fiscal issues and budget events through blogs, conferences, media engagement, and an annual report on Scotland's budget.

I have been an Adviser to the Scottish Parliament’s Finance and Constitution Committee since August 2016. My role is to support the Committee in its scrutiny of the Scottish budget and the operation of the Scottish fiscal framework, including the scrutiny of fiscal forecasts and implementation of the fiscal powers transferred to the parliament in the Scotland Acts 2012 and 2016.

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

I have published extensively on the UK's devolved funding arrangements, and was involved in work to inform the development of Scotland's fiscal framework, jointly with the IFS. I have published several papers and articles on aspects of the economics of independence and of Brexit.

I have also published extensively on trends in income inequality and social mobility in Scotland. Since September 2017 I have a Commissioner on the Scottish Government's Poverty and Inequality Commission. The Commission's role is to advise the Government on policy to achieve its aspirations and targets relating to poverty and inclusive growth.

Previously I worked at the University of Stirling and was a Fellow of the Centre on Constitutional Change at the University of Edinburgh.




Will the benefits of fiscal devolution outweigh the costs? Considering Scotland's new fiscal framework
Eiser David
Regional Studies (2020)
Modelling the Economic Impact of a Citizen's Basic Income in Scotland
Connolly Kevin, Eiser David, McGregor Peter, Roy Graeme
The funding of the Scottish Parliament's new social security responsibilities : how will it work and what are the risks? 21 key questions (and answers)
Eiser David
Fraser of Allander Economic Commentary Vol 43 (2019)
Devolved taxation : Scotland
Eiser David
Let's Talk about Tax (2019) (2019)
The fiscal framework : 2021 review
Eiser David, Roy Graeme
Fraser of Allander Economic Commentary Vol 43 (2019)
The Scottish economy : fiscal challenges and opportunities
Roy Graeme, Eiser David
The Scottish Parliament At Twenty (2019) (2019)

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Professional activities

Fraser of Allander/Resolution COVID-19 Webinar
Post-UK Budget Briefing
Fraser of Allander Podcast series
Post-Budget Briefing 2020-21
Scotland's Budget 2019 Report Launch
FAI post-Scottish Budget Briefing 2018

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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
Modelling the Economic Impact of a Citizen’s Basic Income in Scotland
Connolly, Kevin (Researcher) Eiser, David (Researcher) McGregor, Peter (Academic) Roy, Graeme (Principal Investigator)
01-Jan-2019 - 01-Jan-2020
The roles of provinces and devolved administrations in the negotiation and implementation of a Canada-UK trade agreement
Wooton, Ian (Principal Investigator) Eiser, David (Co-investigator) Roy, Graeme (Co-investigator)
15-Jan-2018 - 14-Jan-2019
The Revolution in Local Government Finance: An analysis of the (potential) effects and key policy issues
Eiser, David (Principal Investigator)
01-Jan-2016 - 30-Jan-2019

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