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Inequality in Scotland: new perspectives

Citation
Bell D, Eiser D & McGoldrick M (2014) Inequality in Scotland: new perspectives. Bell David, Eiser David, McGoldrick Michael (ed.). David Hume Institute.

Abstract
This paper presents new evidence on inequality in Scotland. It begins by explaining why inequality is taking centre stage in both national and international debates at this time. It then presents a variety of evidence about inequality in Scotland. It uses data from large-scale surveys over the last three decades to identify key economic and social trends that have influenced inequality. It goes on to analyse the effectiveness of policies in Scotland that are intended to redistribute between rich and poor. These are largely concerned with taxes and welfare benefits, some of which will fall under the control of the Scottish Parliament in the near future. It goes on to discuss the redistributive effects of policies that have other objectives - such as mitigating the effect of climate change, managing the housing market etc. This analysis is particularly novel in a Scottish context.

Keywords
inequality; labour-market change; fiscal policy

StatusPublicly available
EditorBell David, Eiser David, McGoldrick Michael
AuthorsBell David, Eiser David, McGoldrick Michael
Number of pages58
Publication date20/10/2014
Publication date online20/10/2014
URLhttp://www.davidhumeinstitute.com/…_in_Scotland.pdf
PublisherDavid Hume Institute
LanguageEnglish
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