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Title: Constitutional change and inequality in Scotland
Authors: Comerford, David
Eiser, David
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Citation: Comerford D & Eiser D (2014) Constitutional change and inequality in Scotland. Economic and Social Research Council. Future of the UK and Scotland.
Keywords: H2
Issue Date: 21-Jan-2014
Publisher: Future of the UK and Scotland
Abstract: What scope does a sub-national economy have to affect the level of inequality? Does a policy menu consistent with the theories of fiscal federalism provide for an ability to affect inequality measures, or does this ability require the powers of a nation state? In this paper we discuss these questions in the context of the debate around the Scottish independence referendum, in which inequality has played a prominent role, and ask whether independence, further devolution, or simply different policies under the current constitutional framework are capable of helping Scotland transition to a less unequal income distribution. We provide a series of estimates of the impact of different policy choices upon inequality in Scotland, and discuss inequality reduction in the context of different constitutional options.
Type: Research Report
Rights: Author permission granted to use report in this repository.
Affiliation: Economics

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