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For long periods, the Scottish economy has grown – but despite this, serious inequalities persist. This is also the case across the UK, and indeed across most of the developed world. These inequalities are manifest in a number of ways.
Inequality in earnings and income across individuals and households.
Variable access to employment, with employment rates particularly low for disabled people and those with low or no educational qualifications.
Significant inequalities in the above across different regions within Scotland, and within different neighbourhoods within regions and cities.
We know that economic growth does not solve inequality. It is for this reason that governments over a number of decades have sought mechanisms that will not only grow the economy but also spread growth more equally across the population. Most recently in the Scottish policy context there has been a focus on Inclusive Growth.
This course is designed for people working in a role which demands a wider understanding of the factors perpetuating inequality and of the interventions that can play a role in reducing these inequalities and improving economic development outcomes. Consideration will be given to Scottish Government policies and economic strategy in relation to inclusive growth. The underlying determinants of inequality will be examined, as well as the reasons why economic growth on its own is insufficient to deal with the problem. Finally, there will be a review of relevant and effective interventions.
The course takes place over a 2-week period.
Monday 15 March (10 – 12 noon)
Friday 19 March (10 – 12 noon)
Friday 26 March (10 – 12 noon)
About the Course Tutor
Alan McGregor is Professor of Economic Development in the Adam Smith Business School at the University of Glasgow. Although working in an academic environment for most of his career, he has always placed considerable emphasis on research with applications for policy and practice. He has worked for a range of public bodies including community-based initiatives, local authorities, sub-regional and city-regional bodies throughout the UK, national agencies across the UK, the Scottish Government and its agencies, and for the European Commission between 2011 and 2016 advising on the evaluation of the European Social Fund across all 28 member states.
Coming from a background in labour economics, he has researched a wide variety of local economic development and inclusion issues, and carried out many hundreds of evaluations of projects, programmes and policies. Much of his work relates to the development of strategies and action plans to achieve better outcomes at the local, sub-regional and national levels.
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