Professor Peter McGregor

Emeritus Professor


Personal statement

I became Emeritus Professor of Economics in June 2015, and was appointed as (part-time) Director of the Fraser of Allander Institute from September 2015. In the 30 months to end May 2015 I had been the Director of the International Public Policy Institute, and prior to that had served several terms as Head of Department of Economics, Director and Research Director of the Fraser of Allander Institute (FAI).  My current research interests include the impact of fiscal autonomy on the Scottish and UK economies, and modelling energy-economy-environment interdependence, including the economic and environmental impact of renewables technologies at the regional and national levels.


Trade-offs : understanding future trade options for Scotland
Figus Gioele, McIntyre Stuart, McGregor Peter, Roy Graeme
National Institute Economic Review (2022)
Modelling Packages to Meet Scotland's Child Poverty Targets : Scenarios, Benefits and Trade-offs
Congreve Emma, Kumar Ashwin, Harrison Jordan, Watts Rob, McGregor Peter, Connolly Kevin, McHardy Fiona, Cowan Neil
Growth incentives and devolved fiscal systems
Lisenkova Katerina, Greig Alastair, McGregor Peter G, Roy Graeme, Swales J K
Regional Studies (2021)
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)
How fiscal policies affect energy systems : the importance of an 'environmental social wage'
McGregor Peter, Ross Andrew G, Swales J Kim
Regional Studies Vol 55, pp. 1354-1364 (2021)
A new method to estimate the economic activity supported by offshore wind : a hypothetical extraction study for the United Kingdom
Allan Grant, Connolly Kevin, McGregor Peter, Ross Andrew G
Wind Energy Vol 24, pp. 887-900 (2021)

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Research interests

I currently have a policy-relevant research portfolio that includes grants from: the ESRC’s  ‘Future of Scotland and the UK pre- and post- referendum’ initiative; two energy-related EPSRC grants: Supergen  Wind Energy Hub and Energy Efficiency; the Scottish Government through ClimateXChange, a Centre of Expertise in Climate Change, and the Office of the Chief Economic Advisor (OCEA), which has adopted one of FAI’s economic models for policy analysis.  I have published widely in books and professional journals, including, most recently: Environment and Planning A, Journal of Regional Science,Energy and Environmental Science, Economic Modelling, Energy Policy, Marine Policy, Regional Studies and Higher Education Studies. I have held visiting academic posts in Germany, Japan, Sweden and the US and had consultancy experience in the Middle and Far East.  

Professional activities

TIMES/CGE Workshop - The Use of Economic and Energy System Modelling for energy Policy Analysis
UKERC workshop on the impact of non-energy policies on the energy system
Meeting with Andrew Mortimer, Jennifer McVey and Jose Viada Galvez to discuss about Scottish TIMES developments.
Meeting with Michael King and Ragne Low to discuss outcomes of CXC report and next steps for the research fellowship
35th International Association for Energy Economics International Conference
Briefing on likely impact of tax and public spending changes

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Modelling packages to meet Scotland’s child poverty targets: Scenarios, benefits and trade-offs
Congreve, Emma (Principal Investigator) Connolly, Kevin (Researcher) McGregor, Peter (Researcher) Watts, Robert (Researcher) Mitchell, Mark (Researcher)
01-Jan-2021 - 31-Jan-2021
The Economic Impact of Projected Affordable Housing Developments
Connolly, Kevin (Researcher) Spowage, Mairi (Fellow) McGregor, Peter (Principal Investigator)
01-Jan-2020 - 01-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 Impact of Alcohol on the UK Economy
Lisenkova, Katerina (Principal Investigator) McGregor, Peter (Co-investigator) Roy, Graeme (Co-investigator)
15-Jan-2017 - 31-Jan-2018
The economic impact of changes in alcohol consumption in the UK
Connolly, Kevin (Principal Investigator) Lisenkova, Katerina (Principal Investigator) McGregor, Peter (Principal Investigator)
01-Jan-2017 - 31-Jan-2018
The value of college graduates to the Scottish economy
Ross, Andrew (Principal Investigator) Black, James (Principal Investigator) Murray, Anna (Principal Investigator) Roy, Graeme (Principal Investigator) McGregor, Peter (Principal Investigator) Malloy, Eleanor (Principal Investigator)
Scotland’s colleges make a crucial contribution to the Scottish economy. Each college is a major economic player in its own right – both at a national level and in the local communities that they serve. In many parts of Scotland, the sector provides vital employment opportunities that would not otherwise be available.

Scotland’s colleges spent over £6601 million in 2015/16, spending that supports economic activity across Scotland helping to create jobs and boost growth. However, the contribution of the college sector extends beyond simply the impact of its spending power. In addition to widening access to educational opportunities – potentially improving income equality and inclusive growth – colleges contribute to national economic growth through increasing human capital.

There is a body of evidence that measures the labour market benefits to an individual of education and training. Less emphasis has been placed on understanding how these effects impact on the wider economy.

This study aims to help fill this gap. We evaluate the economic contribution of college graduates from 2008/09 – 2015/16 to Scotland’s economy over the long-term. To do this, we make use of our detailed model of the Scottish economy.
01-Jan-2017 - 30-Jan-2017

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