Posts by Angus Armstrong

The Scottish Government's new capacity to borrow is a vital, if little-discussed, power. However, says Angus Armstrong, the details of how this will work may have been dodged by the Smith Commission but cannot long be avoided by the Scottish Government and HM Treasury.    Scotland’s future... Read more
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The devolution of income tax has received considerable attention in the discussion surrounding the Smith Commission. In the fourth of the extracts from our recent e-book, Dr Angus Armstrong argues that devolving taxation without borrowing powers will leave nobody happy.   As things stand, of the... Read more
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Two points are clear from the Scottish referendum debate. First, there are certain capabilities which the UK provides that are invaluable to all constituent nations. In particular, a successful currency union and a seat at the top table of the world’s leading international forums, such as the... Read more
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The debate over which currency an independent Scotland might use appears to have reached an impasse. The Scottish Government has stated that an independent Scotland would use sterling, and the UK Government (and the official opposition) has said unequivocally it would not participate in a formal ... Read more
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If an independent Scotland chooses an informal currency union (called ‘dollarization’ or 'sterlingization') as Plan B, its financial institutions cannot be sure they will have access to emergency liquidity in the next financial crisis. This is likely to have important consequences for Scotland’s... Read more
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Angus Armstrong reflects on the implications of projections made by HM Treasury and the Scottish Government for the 'dismal science' of economics. The publication of two official reports last week making apparently contradictory claims might appear to reflect badly on the 'dismal science' (... Read more
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Statements from Scotland’s First Minister last week suggest that a Currency Plan B is beginning to emerge. It appears that the Scottish Government is committed to a sterling currency union regardless of the UK Government's view. The fall-back option then appears to be dollarization using sterling... Read more
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ESRC Fellow Angus Armstrong discusses currency options for an independent Scotland in the wake of Chancellor George Osborne's speech in Edinburgh.Chancellor Osborne today ruled out a formal currency union with an independent Scotland. What would be the Scottish Government's next move? We expect the... Read more
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by Angus Armstrong, ESRC Fellow, National Institute of Economic and Social Research Currency arrangements that survive the test of time need to be coherent in all circumstances and without ambiguity. Part of any robust union is that there is a full commitment to make it work. The White Paper... Read more
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ESRC Fellow Angus Armstrong and his team at the National Institute of Economic and Social Research have launched an animated film that gives a new twist to the currency debate and the independence referendum. Dr Armstrong explains: "We were determined to explain the currency question to a wider... Read more
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