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.




Universal Basic Income as an instrument of regional development policy : a micro-macro economic analysis for Scotland
Connolly Kevin, Eiser David, Kumar Ashwin, McGregor Peter G, Roy Graeme
Regional Studies (2021)
Economy Data Round Up : GERS and the Labour Market [Podcast] EP52
Spowage Mairi, Eiser David, McIntyre Stuart
Implications of Hours Worked for Inequality and Poverty : Final Report
Eiser David, Roy Graeme, Mitchell Mark, Stewart Robert
Election podcast #5 with special guest Alf Young [Podcast] EP48
Spowage Mairi, Congreve Emma, Eiser David, Young Alf
Election Podcast #1 [Podcast] EP43
Spowage Mairi, Congreve Emma, Eiser David, McIntyre Stuart
Scottish Tax Policy in the 2016 – 2021 Session of Parliament
Eiser David

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Professional activities

Alumni Webinar with Debbie Crosbie, CEO TSB
The economics of Scottish independence
Witness at the Scottish Parliament's Finance and Public Administration Committee
Inclusive growth in Scotland
Presentation on 'Poverty and taxation'
Scotland's economic outlook in 2021 and 2022

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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
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)
The Revolution in Local Government Finance: An analysis of the (potential) effects and key policy issues
01-Jan-2016 - 30-Jan-2019

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