Read the summary report - Enlightening the Constitutional Debate - The Real Economy
On 20 June 2013 the RSE hosted a public discussion on “The Real Economy”. This examined how the various constitutional options, whether devolution as defined in the Scotland Act 2012, further devolution as being discussed by various parties, or independence as proposed by the Scottish Government, are likely to influence the future economic performance of Scotland.
Much of the debate on independence in particular has concentrated on fiscal and monetary policy. In the “Real Economy” discussion it examined the likely impact of those on key sectors of the economy such as energy, tourism, food & drink, manufacturing, infrastructure & transport, discussing the economic levers that are appropriate to enabling these and other sectors of the economy to flourish, and the effects on trade and labour of the constitutional options.
Mr Douglas Fraser, Business and Economy Editor, BBC Scotland
Mr Stephen Boyd, Assistant Secretary, Policy and Campaigns Department, Scottish Trades Union Congress
Professor Jeremy Peat OBE FRSE, Director of the David Hume Institute
Professor Gordon Hughes, Professor of Economics, University of Edinburgh
Mr Brandon Malone, Chairman, Scottish Arbitration Centre