Mr David Eiser

Senior 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.




Quebec, Scotland, and substate governments' roles in Canadian and British trade policy : lessons to be learned
Paquin Stéphane, Rioux X Hubert, Eiser David, Roy Graeme, Wooton Ian
International Journal (2021)
Scotland's Budget Report 2020
, Eiser David, Congreve Emma
Implications of Hours Worked for Inequality and Poverty : Interim Report
Eiser David, Roy Graeme, Mitchell Mark
The trade policies of Brexit Britain : the influence of and impacts on the devolved nations
Eiser David, McEwen Nicola, Roy Graeme
European Review of International Studies (2020)
What are the implications of independence for public revenues and spending?
Roy Graeme, Eiser David
Scotland's Next Decision What Does it Mean for You, (2020) (2020)
Wealth Taxes and Devolution
Eiser David
Wealth and policy Wealth and policy (2020)

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Professional activities

Devolved tax policy in Scotland during the 2016 - 2021 session of parliament
Interview on ITV Border 'Representing Border'
Taxation and poverty
Analysis: A shrewd political budget from Kate Forbes but the Chancellor has yet to speak
Analysis: The surprise contained in Kate Forbes' Scottish budget
Radio interview: Good Morning Scotland

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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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