Wealth of the Nation: Who Will Do the Jobs?

Wealth of the Nation: Who Will Do the Jobs?

Current employment rates in Scotland are at a near-record high, and we have become used to thinking that the labour market is in good health.

However, Scotland has a lower birth rate than all other parts of the UK, as well as 29 of the 36 OECD member countries. Our population is also ageing fast: by 2041, the pension-age population is projected to increase by 265,000, while the working-age population is only projected to rise by 38,000. In addition, recent population growth in Scotland has been driven by positive net migration – more people have been coming than leaving. But migration to Scotland, which was already lower than that to England, has been falling in recent years. Looking ahead, there is enormous uncertainty over the impact of Brexit on future immigration rates.

2019 Summer Reading List for the First Minister

2019 Summer Reading List for the First Minister

Each year, the David Hume Institute publishes a Summer Reading List for the Scottish First Minister. It is intended as a fresh way to stimulate debate about the state of the nation and brings together some of the best writing from Scotland and beyond. While the Institute does not endorse every view expressed in the books, they have been chosen because they are good reads, based on sound evidence. It is the office of First Minister that we have in mind rather than any particular incumbent and we hope that the First Minister, or indeed any Scot, would find them stimulating.

Wealth of the Nation: Scotland's Productivity Challenge

Wealth of the Nation: Scotland's Productivity Challenge

Scottish productivity has all but stalled in the last fifteen years and a turnaround is required if future living standards are to improve. This report makes recommendations for government, policymakers, business and trade unions, based on the conclusions of new research and case studies. It details five evidence-based stories of what has worked in comparable places and draws lessons from their experiences. In each case a ruthless focus on evidence, building consensus across the political divide, and developing strong and credible institutions were all necessary to turn things around.

2018 Summer Reading List for the First Minister

2018 Summer Reading List for the First Minister

The David Hume Institute is delighted to present its inaugural First Minister’s Summer Reading List. Bringing together some of the best recent writing from Scotland and beyond, the list is intended as a fresh way to stimulate debate about the state of the nation and the world. While the Institute does not endorse every view expressed in the books, they are all good reads, based on evidence and with something of significance to say. We hope the First Minister – or indeed any Scot – will find them thought-provoking and an enjoyable addition to their summer break.