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Economy

A good investment for Scotland – and the world – Mark Blyth and Eric Lonergan

As the recent Reform Scotland policy brief “Investing for Recovery” put it succinctly regarding the economic shock caused by Covid-19, “if [this]is not a catalyst [for]bold, radical interventions that will transform Scotland’s economy, then nothing ever will be.” This is both true, and sadly, not just a Scottish problem. Lulled into the false sense of …

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The road to economic recovery hinges on ending homelessness – Gavin Yates

The destruction wrought by Covid 19 has been almost indescribable. Some 50,000 dead in the UK, many of the recovered left with life changing medical issues not to mention the huge economic cost to virtually every nation in the world. The immediate affects of the virus are well documented but as we turn our attention …

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How can Scotland use policy to bridge the skills gap? – University of Edinburgh Economics Society

Reform Scotland has been delighted to act as a mentor to a team of students from the University of Edinburgh Economics Society who carried out a research project into the skills gap in Scotland. The following article is a summary of the full report, which can be downloaded below. The authors of the report are: …

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Job quality, fair work and Scottish working lives – Marek Zemanik

The first duty of any government is to protect its citizens.  In the weeks since lockdown, the Scottish Government’s energies have rightly been focussed on supressing the coronavirus infection, treating those in need of medical care and protecting vulnerable people.  As a result, Scotland is now seeing a sustained decline in infectious cases. However, there’s …

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A new relationship between government, business and the not-for-profit sector – Karen Betts

The first duty of any government is to protect its citizens.  In the weeks since lockdown, the Scottish Government’s energies have rightly been focussed on supressing the coronavirus infection, treating those in need of medical care and protecting vulnerable people.  As a result, Scotland is now seeing a sustained decline in infectious cases. However, there’s …

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Acceleration rather than Revolution – How the Coronavirus Crisis will change the shape of Scottish Retail – Ewan MacDonald-Russell

In 2017 the Scottish Retail Consortium published a detailed paper on the future of the Retail Industry. Based on interviews, data, and analysis from members and partners, we spoke about how the retail industry was engaged in a long-term structural shift.  Technology, customer behaviour, and public policy were creating a series of incentives which would incentivise …

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Glass half full

After the war, we must win the economic peace – Donald Cameron MSP

Times like these are perfect for revealing one’s true nature. For instance, glass “half-full” or glass “half-empty”? I’m usually the former, so when it comes to considering where next for our economy when we eventually emerge from the shadows of this terrible disease, my natural optimism comes to the fore. Indeed, it was boosted after …

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Disruptive Ideas: A Statistical Test of Independence – Richard Marsh

Reform Scotland is delighted to have the opportunity to publish a series of essays for the Melting Pot which seek to stimulate debate around economic policy in Scotland. The essays are based on ‘Scotland’s Economic Future: Disruptive Ideas’ paper series. ‘Scotland’s Economic Future: Disruptive Ideas’ is a paper series conceived and coordinated by Alison Hunter and …

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Devolution at 20: MSPs should forget the party politics and work together – Kate Forbes

Two decades into devolution, with Holyrood firmly established, Reform Scotland asked prominent Scottish politicians what they would change to make the Parliament work better. There is no guidebook for new MSPs – whether it is the legislative process, how to engage across and within parties or managing constituency business. So, you learn on the job, …

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