Research Programme


Fiscal aspects of constitutional change

David Bell

Project summary

The ESRC has appointed seven one year senior fellowships with overall funding of £1.3 million and CPC member,Professor David Bell, has been awarded one of these fellowships to look at the fiscal apsects of constitutional change. The scheme forms part of the programme of work addressing issues around the future of Scotland, the UK and more widely.

The Fellows are also acting as champions for the social sciences, promoting the importance of social science research in addressing current and future issues in relation to possible Scottish independence.

For more information on this, see the Centre on Constitutional Change website.

 

Project Activities

Date Activity Description
4 June 2014 Presentation at the Future of the UK and Scotland event held at the Church House Conference Centre in London. David Bell presented the paper "Survey evidence on business and individual attitudes to Constitutional Change"
4 June 2014 Presentation at What is Scotland saying? - the view from business and the view from the electorate held at Portcullis House, London. David Bell presented the paper "Survey evidence on business and individual attitudes to Constitutional Change".
2 May 2014 Presentation at The demographic implications of Scottish independence. This was an ILC-UK debate supported by Partnership as part of the Population Patterns Seminar Series, held at The Dome, New Register House, Edinburgh. David Bell presented the paper "Demographic implications of Scottish Independence" at this event.
26 April 2014 Presentation at the "What happens if Scotland votes no?" event held at the Trades Hall in Merchant City, Glasgow. David Bell presented the paper "Welfare and Pensions" at this event.
7-9 April 2014 Presentation at the Royal Economic Society Conference held at the University of Manchester. David Bell presented the paper "Fiscal changes under alternative constitutional arrangements".
27 March 2014 Presentation at the Scottish Independence: What would it mean for the economy of the North of England? event organised by IPR North, held at the Assembly Rooms, Newcastle. David Bell presented the paper "The Scottish Independence Debate: Evidence from Business" at this event.
18 March 2014 Presentation at The Scottish Independence Debate: Evidence from Business - Future of the UK and Scotland Event held at the University of Edinburgh Business School David Bell presented the paper "The Scottish Independence Debate: Evidence from Business" at this event.
7 February 2014 Presentation at the NIESR - Economics of Scottish Independence conference held at the Royal Society of Edinburgh. David bell presented the paper "Funding pensions in Scotland: Would independence matter?"

 

Publications

Bell, D. (2014) Scotland and small country independence: the assessment. Oxford Review of Economic Policy, 30 (2), 310-324.

Bell, D. (2014) Question 1: What would the outlook for Scotland’s economy be if the vote is Yes/if the vote is No? In Jeffery, C. and Perman, R. (eds) Scotland’s Decision: 16 Questions to think about for the referendum on 18 SeptemberBirlinn Limited (e-book).

Bell, D., Comerford, D. and Eiser, D. (2014) Funding Pensions in Scotland: Would Independence Matter? National Institute Economic Review, 227 (1), R21-R31.

Bell, D. and Eiser, D. (2014) ‘Pensions.’ In Bell, D., Eiser, D. and Beckman, K. (eds). The Economic Consequences of Scottish Independence, Helmut Schmidt Universität, Hamburg, 61-70.

Bell, D. and Eiser, D. (2014) Question 14: What would happen to pensions in the event of a Yes or a No vote? In Jeffery, C. and Perman, R. (eds) Scotland’s Decision: 16 Questions to think about for the referendum on 18 SeptemberBirlinn Limited (e-book).

Bell, D., Eiser, D. and Beckmann, K. (2014) The Economic Consequences of Scottish Independence. Helmut Schmidt Universitat, Hamburg.

 

Media activities

Referendum in Scotland Dissected by Investor - NY Times, 12 September 2014.

Scotland referendum: Poll puts 'Yes' campaign ahead for the first time - voiceofrussia.com, 8 September 2014.

'Yes' vote will hit pensions and taxes, says economist - The Times, 4 August 2014.

Yes or No - Scotland looks set for significant fiscal change - Financial Times, 20 July 2014.