Ms Mairi Spowage

Acting Director

Economics

Personal statement

Mairi Spowage is a Principal Knowledge Exchange Fellow and the Acting Director of the Fraser of Allander Institute.

Her areas of expertise include economic policy, economic statistics, national accounting, public sector finances, and economic and fiscal forecasting.

Mairi leads on the Institute's work with various partners, including those in business, the public and third sector. She is regularly asked to give evidence on economic and fiscal matters at Parliamentary Committees, such as the Finance and Constitution Committee and the Economy, Jobs and Fair Work Committee. 

Mairi has been appointed to be the Budget Adviser to the Finance and Public Adminsitration Committee for 2021-2023. Mairi has also been appointed as an Office for National Statistics (ONS) fellow and member of the Economic Experts Working Group (EEWG).

Mairi is leading on various projects to improve regional economic statistics, looking at inter-regional trade, business engagement and encouraging graduates into careers in analysis through the Economic Futures programme. She is also developing the Fraser’s capacity building CPD programme in the use of national and local economic data and statistics.

Previously, Mairi was the Deputy Chief Executive of the Scottish Fiscal Commission and the Head of National Accounts at the Scottish Government, and has 15 years of experience working in different areas of statistics and analysis, including transport, household surveys and performance measurement.

Publications

The Aluminium Industry in the UK
Williamson Jack, Spowage Mairi, Black James
(2021)
Levelling up & Community Renewal : A focus on the Highland Council area
Spowage Mairi
(2021)
The contribution of Robertson to Scotland's economy
McGeoch Adam, Cooper Ben, Spowage Mairi, Brocek Frantisek
(2021)
Economy Data Round Up : GERS and the Labour Market [Podcast] EP52
Spowage Mairi, Eiser David, McIntyre Stuart
(2021)
Scottish Business Monitor : Q2 2021
Black James, Cooper Benjamin, Spowage Mairi,
(2021)
Scottish Business Monitor : 2021 Q2
Cooper Ben, Black James, Spowage Mairi
(2021)

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Research interests

Economic Policy

Economic Measurement & Statistics

National Accounts - Input-Output Analysis

Economic and Fiscal Forecasting

Public Sector Finances

Professional activities

Alumni Webinar with Debbie Crosbie, CEO TSB
Speaker
5/10/2021
Budget Advisory role for Finance and Public Administration Committee
Consultant
1/9/2021
Fraser of Allander Election 2021 Podcast Series
Contributor
26/3/2021
Fraser of Allander Institute 2021 Scottish Election Webinar
Participant
24/3/2021
Engage Week 2021: Multi-sectoral regional modelling workshop
Participant
2021
Fraser of Allander December 2020 Economic Commentary & Scotland's Budget Report Webinar
Participant
15/12/2020

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Projects

The economic impact of a reduction in Scotch whisky tariffs in India on the UK economy
Black, James (Principal Investigator) Brocek, Frantisek (Principal Investigator) Cooper, Benjamin (Principal Investigator) McGeoch, Adam (Principal Investigator) Spowage, Mairi (Principal Investigator)
01-Jan-2021 - 30-Jan-2021
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
Shetland Economic Accounts 2017
Connolly, Kevin (Principal Investigator) Black, James (Researcher) Spowage, Mairi (Principal Investigator)
01-Jan-2020 - 30-Jan-2021
A Framework for the Production of Supply and Use and Input Output Tables for the Four Nations
Davidson, Sharada Nia (Principal Investigator) Black, James (Principal Investigator) Connolly, Kevin (Principal Investigator) Spowage, Mairi (Principal Investigator)
In this report, we develop a strategic framework for the production of Supply and Use Tables across the four UK nations.
01-Jan-2020 - 30-Jan-2021
Economic Modelling of the Scottish Construction Industry
Black, James (Principal Investigator) McGeoch, Adam (Principal Investigator) Spowage, Mairi (Principal Investigator)
The construction sector is an important contributor to the Scottish economy – directly supporting £8.5bn in Scottish GVA and supporting over 170,000 full-time equivalent jobs in the economy.

This project aims to highlight the economic impact of the construction sector, highlighting the multiplier effects that investment into this sector could stimulate and the potential economic impact that a VAT cut in repair and maintenance could have to support the Scottish economy in its economic recovery from COVID-19.
01-Jan-2020 - 26-Jan-2021
The Economic Impact of Job Losses in the Civil Aviation and Aerospace Engineering Sectors in Scotland
McGeoch, Adam (Principal Investigator) Spowage, Mairi (Principal Investigator) Black, James (Principal Investigator)
01-Jan-2020 - 01-Jan-2020

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