David Bell

Professor of Economics
University of Stirling

Biography

Beliefs about how the Scottish economy may perform after independence will be critical to the outcome of the 2014 referendum on Scottish independence. Aside from its effect on income, another major concern for voters will be whether an independent Scottish economy will be able or wish to support the level of public services they currently enjoy. Taxpayers will want to know how taxes may change to pay for public services after independence.

This fellowship will produce original research looking at fiscal aspects of the constitutional change debate in the UK. It will encompass both taxes and spending, and will offer insights into questions such as: How would public services be funded in an independent Scotland? Would current levels of services – and the taxation that funds them – be similar, or vary up or down?

Fellowship website: Scottish Fiscal and Economic Studies (ScotFES)

Expertise

Constitution

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CCC Fellow @MaryCMurphy edited the latest issue of @IrishPolStudies with @JohnOBrennan2 You can also read her artic… https://t.co/M93oqVVZcn

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Quite the day yesterday for our Fellow @DavidNFBell and @ED_ETD who were invited to speak @10DowningStreet on compa… https://t.co/iGsy98bRqo

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RT @ja_sheldon: Some new thoughts from me on scrutiny of common frameworks. Very important part of post-Brexit arrangements but danger they…

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Posts by this author

Infrastructure

Infrastructure spending: reversing or encouraging regional inequality?

The gap between rich and poor areas in the UK is larger than any other Western European country. David Bell, Professor of Economics at University of Stirling, analyses the General Election 2019 manifesto pledges to reverse the upward trend in regional inequality.
Donald Trump and Boris Johnson

The collapse of the WTO court: how will it impact UK trade deals post-Brexit?

On 10th December, the World Trade Organisations appeal court will collapse, after the US failed to appoint sufficient judges to keep it quorate. David Bell, University of Stirling, analyses where this will leave the UK when negotiating trade deals post-Brexit.

GM foods, the US-UK Trade Negotiations and Scottish Food Production: A Heady Mix

Professor David Bell, of the University of Stirling, looks ahead to the US-UK trade negotiations post Brexit and how US demands will inevitably produce pitched battles over food quality standards, not least in Scotland.
Brexit

Impact of a Brexit “No Deal” on Scotland Revisited

Professor David Bell asks what would a chaotic Brexit mean for the Scottish economy? In the run-up, there is likely to be further downward pressure on the pound which will increase prices, but make exports more competitive, though export volumes are unlikely to react quickly.
agriculture

Brexit, devolution and agriculture: a case study in complexity

David Bell explains that following Brexit, the UK will establish a new set of trade relationships. Agreements about the conduct of agricultural trade will form an important part of this new system.
EU flag with question mark

David Bell: The problem with the future is that there are no 'facts', just predictions

On the eve of the EU referendum, David Bell sorts what we know from what we can only surmise.