David Bell was educated at Dornoch Academy, the University of Aberdeen and the London School of Economics. He was awarded a PhD at the University of Strathclyde in 1984 and has worked at the Universities of St Andrews, Strathclyde, Warwick and Glasgow. He has been Professor of Economics at the University of Stirling since 1990 specialising in labour economics and fiscal federalism. He was adviser to the Finance Committee of the Scottish Parliament from 2007 to 2013 and has provided advice to the ILO, OECD, the Scottish, Westminster and Irish Governments. In 2015, he was specialist adviser to the House of Lords Economic Affairs Committee for its investigation into the Financing of Devolution. He has appeared numerous times in the Scottish Parliament as a witness to the Economy Committee, the Health and Sport Committee, the Welfare Committee, the Devolution Committee, and the Finance Committee. He has also appeared several times as a witness at the House of Commons Scottish Affairs Committee. He is a fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh, the IZA, Bonn and an Honorary Fellow of the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries. He is a member of the Centre on Constitutional Change and the Centre for Population Change and a special adviser to the David Hume Institute. He is also Principal Investigator of the Healthy AGeing In Scotland (HAGIS) survey, a longitudinal survey of older people in Scotland, which is funded by the US National Institute of Aging and the Nuffield Foundation. He has extensive media experience in Scotland and the UK as a whole.
I am regularly consulted by the media for expert views in relation to: youth unemployment, constitutional change, education policy and long-term care. Broadcast media appearances include BBC Radio 4, BBC Radio 5 Live, BBC Scotland News, BBC Scotland Newsnight, STV News and Channel 4. I am also a regular contributor to The Scotsman newspaper and have appeared in a number of other print publications.
Other Positions and Honours
1998-2000 Member of the Care Development Group, Scottish Government
2003-2004 Member of the Range and Capacity Review Group
2003-2007 Member of the ESRC Training and Development Board
2004-2006 Member of the Joseph Rowntree Foundation Advisory Group on the Funding of Long-Term Care
2002- Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh
2007-2008 Member of Lord Sutherland's Independent Review into free personal & nursing care in Scotland
2007 - Budget Adviser, Finance Committee, Scottish Parliament
2007- Fellow of the World Demographic Association
2008- Research Associate, IZA, Bonn
2008-2010 Member of Commission on Scottish Devolution Expert Group 2003-2007 Member of ESRC Training and Development Board
2011- Member of Scottish Doctoral Training Centre Board 2011- Director of Scottish Institute for Research in Economics (SIRE) Work and Well- being Programme
2011- Member of CemMap Advisory Committee (Centre for Micro-econometric Methods and Practice, Institute for Fiscal Studies)
2012 ESRC Research Fellow on Constitutional Change
RATE (Recognising Achievement in Teaching Excellence) awards 2012, ‘For Excellence in Postgraduate Education’ and ‘Excellence in Teaching’, in the Stirling Management School.
The economics of ageing
Douglas E, Rutherford AC & Bell D (2018) Pilot study protocol to inform a future longitudinal study of ageing using linked administrative data: Healthy AGeing in Scotland (HAGIS). BMJ Open, 8 (1), Art. No.: e018802. https://doi.org/10.1136/bmjopen-2017-018802
Haghpanahan H, Mackay DF, Pell JP, Bell D, Langley T & Haw S (2017) The Impact of TV Mass Media Campaigns on Calls to a National Quitline and the Use of Prescribed Nicotine Replacement Therapy: A Structural Vector Autoregression Analysis. Addiction, 112 (7), pp. 1229-1237. https://doi.org/10.1111/add.13793
Morton A, Adler AI, Bell D, Briggs A, Brouwer W, Claxton K, Craig N, Fischer A, McGregor PG & van Baal P (2016) Unrelated Future Costs and Unrelated Future Benefits: Reflections on NICE Guide to the Methods of Technology Appraisal (Editorial). Health Economics, 25 (8), pp. 933-938. https://doi.org/10.1002/hec.3366
Bell D (2016) Independent Scotland might get away with a high deficit – if it’s feeling lucky. The Conversation. 24.08.2016. https://theconversation.com/independent-scotland-might-get-away-with-a-high-deficit-if-its-feeling-lucky-64409
Bell D (2016) Brexit betting odds: lesson from Scotland is not promising for Leave. The Conversation. 06.06.2016. https://theconversation.com/brexit-betting-odds-lesson-from-scotland-is-not-promising-for-leave-60494
Bell D & Eiser D (2016) Migration and fiscal policy as factors explaining the labour-market resilience of UK regions to the Great Recession. Cambridge Journal of Regions, Economy and Society, 9 (1), pp. 197-215. https://doi.org/10.1093/cjres/rsv029
Bell D & Eiser D (2015) The economic case for further fiscal decentralisation to Scotland: theoretical and empirical perspectives. National Institute Economic Review, 233 (1), pp. R27-R36. http://ner.sagepub.com/content/233/1.toc; https://doi.org/10.1177/002795011523300104
Bell D, Eiser D & McGoldrick M (2014) Inequality in Scotland: new perspectives. Bell D (Editor), Eiser D (Editor) & McGoldrick M (Editor). David Hume Institute. http://www.davidhumeinstitute.com/images/stories/Research/DHI_Paper_Inequality_in_Scotland.pdf
Blanchflower D, Bell D, Montagnoli A & Moro M (2014) The Happiness Trade-Off between Unemployment and Inflation. Journal of Money, Credit and Banking, 46 (S2), pp. 117-141. https://doi.org/10.1111/jmcb.12154
Eiser D, Bell D & Comerford D (2014) Redistribution and work incentives in an independent Scotland: opportunities and constraints. European Consortium for Political Research General Conference, Glasgow, 03.09.2014-06.09.2014. http://ecpr.eu/Filestore/CustomContent/GeneralConference/2014/GlasgowConferenceProgamme2014.pdf
Bell D, Eiser D & Beckmann K (eds.) (2014) The Economic Consequences of Scottish Independence. Hamburg, Germany: Helmut-Schmidt-Universitat/Universitat der Bundeswehr Hamburg. http://www.scotecon.org/pdf/SES-Indy-ebook.pdf
Bell D (2014) Osborne has squandered his last chance to sway referendum voters in Scotland. The Conversation. 20.03.2014. https://theconversation.com/osborne-has-squandered-his-last-chance-to-sway-referendum-voters-in-scotland-24508
Bell D (2013) Young unemployed suffer as casual staff are first in line for extra work. The Conversation. 23.05.2013. https://theconversation.com/young-unemployed-suffer-as-casual-staff-are-first-in-line-for-extra-work-14191
Bell D, Rutherford AC & Wright RE (2013) Free Personal Care for Older People: A Wider Perspective on Its Costs. Fraser of Allander Institute Economic Commentary, 36 (3), pp. 69-76. http://www.strath.ac.uk/media/departments/economics/fairse/backissues/Fraser_Economic_Commentary_Vol_36,_No_3.pdf
Rummery K, Bell D, Bowes A, Dawson A & Roberts JE (2012) Counting the Cost of Choice and Control: Evidence for the costs of self-directed support in Scotland. Scottish Government. Scottish Government Social Research Series. Scottish Government Social Research. http://www.scotland.gov.uk/socialresearch
Bell D, Otterbach S & Sousa-Poza A (2012) Working Hours Constraints and Health. Annales d'Economie et de Statistique / Annals of Economics and Statistics, (105/106), pp. 35-54. http://www.jstor.org/stable/23646455
Bowes A, Dawson A & Bell D (2012) Ethical implications of lifestyle monitoring data in ageing research. Information Communication and Society, 15 (1), pp. 5-22. https://doi.org/10.1080/1369118X.2010.530673
Bell D & Blanchflower D (2011) The Crisis, Policy Reactions and Attitudes to Globalization and Jobs. IZA Discussion Paper, 5680. http://www.iza.org/en/webcontent/publications/papers/viewAbstract?dp_id=5680
Bell D & McVicar D (2010) Disability, welfare and labour force participation of older workers in Europe. Twenty-First Century Society, 5 (3), pp. 261-277. http://www.scopus.com/inward/record.url?partnerID=yv4JPVwI&eid=2-s2.0-78149254354&md5=babe30dc90f604bfea24242d0e080873; https://doi.org/10.1080/17450144.2010.480830
Warner G, Blum JM, Jones S, Lambert P, Turner KJ, Tan KLL, Dawson A & Bell D (2010) A Social Science Data Fusion Tool and the Data Management through e-Social Science (DAMES) Infrastructure. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society. A: Mathematical and Physical Sciences, 368 (1925), pp. 3859-3873. https://doi.org/10.1098/rsta.2010.0159
Bell D & Blanchflower D (2010) Recession and unemployment in the OECD. CESifo Forum, 11 (1), pp. 14-22. http://www.scopus.com/inward/record.url?partnerID=yv4JPVwI&eid=2-s2.0-77955824831&md5=edafeabcf52855ffba15d9487579a9bd
Bell D & Heitmueller A (2009) The Disability Discrimination Act in the UK: Helping or hindering employment among the disabled?. Journal of Health Economics, 28 (2), pp. 465-480. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jhealeco.2008.10.006
Bell D, Bowes A & Dawson A (2007) Free Personal Care in Scotland: Recent Developments. Joseph Rowntree Foundation. York: Joseph Rowntree Foundation. http://www.jrf.org.uk/sites/files/jrf/2075-scotland-care-older-people.pdf
Bell D, Elliott RF, Ma A, Scott A & Roberts JE (2007) The pattern and evolution of geographical wage differentials in the public and private sectors in Great Britain. Manchester School, 75 (4), pp. 386-421. https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1467-9957.2007.01023.x
Bell D & Blanchflower D (2007) The Scots may be brave but they are neither healthy nor happy. Scottish Journal of Political Economy, 54 (2), pp. 166-194. https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1467-9485.2007.00410.x
Elliott RF, Ma A, Scott A, Bell D & Roberts JE (2007) Geographically differentiated pay in the labour market for nurses. Journal of Health Economics, 26 (1), pp. 190-212. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jhealeco.2006.05.002
Bell D, Gaj A, Hart RA, Hubler O & Schwerdt W (2001) Unpaid Work in the Workplace: a Comparison of Germany and the UK. Anglo-German Foundation for the Study of Industrial Society. Anglo-German Foundation for the Study of Industrial Society.
Dow S & Bell D (2000) The Financial Powers of the Parliament. In: Hassan I & Warhurst C (eds.) The New Scottish Politics: The first year of the Scottish Parliament and beyond. Edinburgh: The Stationary Office, pp. 93-97. http://www.tsoshop.co.uk/bookstore.asp?FO=1160013&Action=Book&ProductID=9780114972806&From=Subject
Bell D & Hart RA (1998) Working time in Great Britain, 1975-1994: Evidence from the new earnings survey panel data. Journal of the Royal Statistical Society – Series A, 161 (3), pp. 327-348. https://doi.org/10.1111/1467-985X.00112
Hart RA, Bell D, Frees R, Kawasaki S & Woodbury SA (1988) Recent Trends in Non-Wage Labour Costs and Their Effects on Employment: Japan, United Kingdom, United States and West Germany. European Commission. Commission of the European Communities.
Hart RA, Bell D & Kirwan FX (1980) Non-Wage Labour Costs, Their Importance and Effects: A Comparative Study of the United Kingdom, Germany and Italy. European Commission. Programme of Research and Actions on the Development of Labour Markets, 79/14. Commission of the European Communities.