Scotland’s Economic Future

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In 1977 I edited a book, ‘Scotland 1980: the economics of self government,’ which included contributions by a number of economists. The publication was funded by BBC Scotland and The Scotsman. The format adopted here is similar but not identical. For example, in the 1977 publication each author was given a wide subject area to discuss – here, after the introductory chapter, each author was asked a specific question in order to give greater focus to the discussion. The authors have responded admirably to the challenge.

 – Professor Sir Donald Mackay

John contributed two chapters to this publication entiltled, ‘Is recent economic history a help?’ and ‘What future for Scottish banking?’

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