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Chief Economist Directorate

What we do

We provide analytical support for ministers and colleagues on the economy, public finances and the economics of constitutional change, and provide analytical support to the Business and Energy directorates. We produce economic statistics and continually enhance the quality and breadth of economic data and analysis.

We are responsible for:

  • the long-term development of economic statistics and formulation of economic policy
  • enacting Scotland's Economic Strategy (SES) and providing the strategic leadership for delivery
  • supporting the work of the Council of Economic Advisers
  • developing and publishing core economic statistics for Scotland (many of which are classified as 'National Statistics')
  • improving the technical capacity of government to successfully implement new fiscal powers on tax forecasting, policy modelling and macroeconomic forecasting

Who we are

Cabinet Secretary and Ministers