Monthly Archives: August 2013

Why does Scotland spend more on working age disability benefits?

Higher benefit spending in Scotland The Institute of Fiscal Studies (IFS) recently published a paper comparing benefit spending levels in Scotland with those in the rest of Great Britain (rGB). For most benefits, the authors suggested that there are relatively … Continue reading

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Population Records

Last week the General Register Office for Scotland released figures that showed Scotland’s population had reached a record high (although the growth rate, far from breaking any records, has slowed). The population overall continues to age, but births have increased … Continue reading

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A New Underemployment Index for Scotland

by David Bell and David Blanchflower Part of the ESRC project on the Economics of Constitutional Change involves the collection of new data on the Scottish economy. This post develops this objective by describing a new measure of excess capacity … Continue reading

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