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Peer Review Status: Refereed
Title: Constitutional change and inequality in Scotland
Author(s): Comerford, David
Eiser, David
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Keywords: inequality
fiscal policy
fiscal federalism
Issue Date: Jul-2014
Date Deposited: 8-May-2014
Citation: Comerford D & Eiser D (2014) Constitutional change and inequality in Scotland. Oxford Review of Economic Policy, 30 (2), pp. 346-373.
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.
DOI Link: 10.1093/oxrep/gru014
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