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    The Royal Society of Edinburgh
    22-26 George Street
    Edinburgh
    EH2 2PQ

Enlightening the Constitutional Debate: The Real Economy

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Discussion Forum

On 20 June 2013 the RSE hosted a public discussion on “The Real Economy”. This examined how the various constitutional options, whether devolution as defined in the Scotland Act 2012, further devolution as being discussed by various parties, or independence as proposed by the Scottish Government, are likely to influence the future economic performance of Scotland.

Much of the debate on independence in particular has concentrated on fiscal and monetary policy. In the “Real Economy” discussion it examined the likely impact of those on key sectors of the economy such as energy, tourism, food & drink, manufacturing, infrastructure & transport, discussing the economic levers that are appropriate to enabling these and other sectors of the economy to flourish, and the effects on trade and labour of the constitutional options.

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