The Institute continues to look at ways to develop its research activities and to undertake expert and objective analysis of public policy issues for our publications.
ESRC Conversation 4 - “Competition Policy and Regulation:in the context of Constitutional Change in Scotland”
On the 16 May 2013 the Institute held the fourth and final ESRC-supported ‘conversation’ – this time on competition policy and regulation (of utilities, transport, etc.). We were asked by the Scottish Government to pick up this topic, so this provided a remarkable opportunity to be involved in the development of policy in this area. Professor Martin Cave, Visiting Professor at Imperial College Business School and an acknowledged expert in all matters regulatory and regarding competition policy, was our lead speaker and along with Jon Stern provided an over-arching background paper.
We again commissioned a number of papers from the following authors: Professor Martin Cave (Visiting Professor at the Imperial College Business School and Vice Chair of the Competition Commission) Professor David Simpson (former DHI Trustee and former board member of the Water Industry Commission for Scotland); Iain Osborne (remarkably experienced senior regulator - across five different sectors, and at EU, UK and devolved levels); Luis Correia da Silva (Managing Director OXERA); Dirk Janssen (the Netherlands Authority for Consumers and Markets); Jon Stern (City University and co-author with Martin Cave); and David Saunders (Chief Executive of the UK Competition Commission).
Research Papers 11/2013 - 16/2013 - please click the links below
Professor Martin Cave and Jon Stern
Luis Correia da Silva
Professor David Simpson
Netherlands Authority for Consumers and Markets
ESRC Conversation 3 - ”The Scottish Energy Sector: in the Context of Possible Constitutional Change in Scotland”
On 7 May 2013 the DHI held a seminar for the third of the four 'conversations' on topics related to constitutional change in Scotland.
This third topic relates to the energy sector and we have commissioned a number of papers. Professor Mark Schaffer and colleagues at Heriot Watt cover the rapidly evolving and complex external/global energy environment and its implications for Scotland; Professors John Paterson and Greg Gordon from Aberdeen considers the oil-related issues; and Professor Kim Swales and colleagues from Strathclyde University examine the electricity issue. We also have a paper by Trisha McAuley (Director, Consumer Focus) on consumer related issues and an over-arching paper prepared by SCDI.
Research Papers 7/2013 - 10/2013 - please click on the links below
Professor Mark Schaffer and colleagues
Professor Kim Swales and colleagues
Professors John Paterson and Greg Gordon
Trisha McAuley and Andrew Faulk, Consumer focus
Link to SCDI paper
ESRC Conversation 2 - "Delivering Social Security: Options in Scotland’s Constitutional Debate"
On 18 February 2013 the DHI held a seminar for the second of the four 'conversations' on topics related to constitutional change in Scotland.
This second topic relates to how we guarantee welfare through social security and other measures and is one of the most disputed issues in Scottish and UK politics. Papers have been prepared by Professor David Bell, University of Stirling, Professor Bea Cantillon, University of Antwerp, Professor Derek Birrell, University of Ulster, Dr. Nicola McEwen, University of Edinburgh, Professor Ailsa McKay, Glasgow Caledonian University and Jeremy Purvis of the Devo-Plus Group.
Research Papers 1/2013 - 6/2013 and Bell paper - please click on the links below
Professor David Bell
Professor Derek Birrell
Professor Bea Cantillon
Dr Nicola McEwen
Professor Ailsa McKay
ESRC Conversation 1 - "Macro-Economic Policies and Constitutional Change"
In November 2012 the DHI held a seminar for the first of four ‘conversations’ on topics related to constitutional change in Scotland. The full set of conversations will be held over the period of autumn 2012 and spring 2013.
The first topic relates to macro-economic policy issues, including ‘what currency’, fiscal and monetary policy under different regimes and the complex world of financial sector oversight and regulation. Papers have been prepared by Dr Gavin McCrone (formerly Chief Economic Adviser to the Scottish Office), Paul Johnson (Director of the Institute for Fiscal Studies), Owen Kelly (Chief Executive of Scottish Financial Enterprise, Brian Quinn (formerly acting Deputy Governor of the Bank of England) and Prof Cesar Colino from UNED, examining relevant Spanish experience.
Research Papers 2/2012 - 6/2012 - please click on the links
Cesar Colino (Universidad Nacional de Educación a Distancia (UNED)
Paul Johnson (Director, Institute for Fiscal Studies) and David Phillips
Owen Kelly (Chief Executive Scottish Financial Enterprise)
Gavin McCrone (former Chief Economic Adviser Scottish Office)
Brian Quinn (ex-Bank of England)
Issues Facing an Independent Scotland - Scotland‟s Share of UK Public Debt Research Paper 1/2012
by Lesley Sutton
Performance Differences Across Local Authorities Hume Occasional Paper No. 92
by Lesley Sutton, David Hume Institute with support from KPMG
Scotland in Europe - paper
In association with the European Movement. Authors: Toby Archer, Rory O’Donnell, Andrew Scott, Ulf Sverdrup
Public Finances in Scotland - 'Re-shaping the public finances'
In association with SPIF (Scottish Policy Innovation Forum)
Moving Societies towards Integration 1) Scottish report - short 2) Scottish report - extended 3) full report including all EU partners
A European Commission funded project which focused on EU integration policy. Partner organisations were: Spain, Belgium, Czech Republic, Italy and Finland. The David Hume Institute contribution to this research project was managed by Lesley Sutton (DHI Research Manager)
Options for Scotland’s Future – the economic dimension. Hume Occasional Paper No. 80
A research report by Andrew Hughes-Hallett, Jeremy Peat, Andrew Scott, Lesley Sutton and Fabian Zuleeg
Reducing Carbon emissions – the View from 2050 Hume Occasional Paper No. 79
A research report looking at how we might have met current energy challenges by 2050. Authors: Jan Bebbington, Geoff Boulton, Martyn Evans, Campbell Gemmell, Nick Hanley, Patrick Harvie MSP, Professor George Hazel, Iain McMillan, Ian Marchant, Mike Northcott, Simon Pepper, Sue Roaf, Jim Skea, Richard Wakeford, David Watt, and a contribution from the Scottish Youth Parliament.
The economics of New Immigration to Scotland. Hume Occasional Paper No. 77
Professor Robert Wright (University of Strathclyde)
Improving productivity in Scotland’s public services. Policy Lessons. Hume Occasional Paper No. 76
Jo Armstrong (Independent researcher)
Improving productivity in Scotland’s public services. A research project. Hume Occasional Paper No. 74
Jo Armstrong (Independent researcher)
The Economics of Climate Change Policy in Scotland. Hume Occasional Paper No. 73
Professor Nick Hanley (University of Stirling)
The Scottish Public Sector: Does Size Matter? Hume Occasional Paper No. 69
Richard Marsh and Fabian Zuleeg (DTZ Consulting and Research)