Research briefings

Stephen Tierney Briefing, 29 November 2013 - ESRC Scottish Centre on Constitutional Change

According to the White Paper issued this week, Scotland’s Future, an independent Scotland will have a new written constitution (this repeats the commitment contained in the Scottish Government’s earlier White Paper of March).

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Michael Keating Briefing, 22 November 2013 - ESRC Scottish Centre on Constitutional Change
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20 November 2013 Glasgow, Michael Keating seminar on Welfare and Public Services

British Academy/Royal Society of Edinburgh - Enlightening the Constitutional debate

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IFS Report, 18 November 2013

In this report, the IFS examines the long-run fiscal pressures that an independent Scotland may face, how these would differ from those facing the UK, and the size of the fiscal consolidation that may be required to put Scotland’s public finances on a sustainable path.

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David Bell and David Eiser paper - November 2013

What is the level of income inequality in Scotland? How does income inequality in Scotland compare to the rest of the UK, and to other OECD countries? How has income inequality in Scotland changed over time?

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IFS briefing note, 29 October 2013

This Briefing Note looks at the way that tax revenue in Scotland is currently delivered and at the reform options that would be open to an independent Scotland.

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Sheila Riddell, David Raffe, Linda Croxford, Elisabet Weedon and Sarah Minty briefing paper October 2013

One of the fundamental principles underpinning the Scottish education system is the meritocratic idea that, irrespective of social background, all children should have an equal opportunity to develop their academic potential.

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Security in Scotland, with or without constitutional change, October 2013
This seminar report describes the first of six sessions designed to tackle the topic of 'Security in Scotland, with or without constitutional change'.
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IFS briefing note, 19 September 2013

This briefing note aims to describe the patterns of public service expenditure in Scotland and to set out a number of issues for the future. In particular, it:

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National Institute of Economic and Social Research Report, 19 September 2013

The choice of currency arrangement is fundamental to the economics of independence. It matters much more than simply the notes and coins in our pockets.

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