Evidence-based economics supported by Stirling-backed student initiative

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The University of Stirling has joined other higher education institutions in supporting a Scotland-wide initiative to create more opportunities for students interested in a career as an applied economist.

The new three-year Economic Futures programme is funded by the Scottish Funding Council and operates on behalf of all Scottish universities. Any student studying for an economics or economy-related degree is eligible.

The University is set to welcome two work placement students out of the eight posts which were on offer in the first round. Interest in those opportunities was high, with more than 70 applications being received.

Undergraduate and postgraduate student taking part in the Economic Futures programme will gain experience in an applied economics capacity in academia, public policy or business. Professor David Bell is a member of the Economic Futures Steering Group and believes the new initiative is a positive development. He said: “We think that the Economic Futures project offer a great opportunity to introduce students to important economic challenges that Scotland faces.

“Good policy depends on good evidence, and the students taking part will develop new skills and competencies. This will help them engage with the interface between policy and evidence.”

Economic Futures is a strategic investment by the Scottish Funding Council to support the development of applied economics capacity in Scotland. It is run by the Fraser of Allander Institute, with the Project Leads being Graeme Roy and Mairi Spowage.