Chief Economist Directorate

What we do

We provide analytical support for ministers and policy colleagues on the economy and public finances across a wide range of areas, including economic development, taxation and spending, business and labour market, trade and investment and energy and climate change.  We also produce economic analysis, research and statistics and continually enhance the quality and breadth of economic data and analysis.

We are responsible for:

  • producing high quality economic analysis to inform economic policy
  • publishing core economic statistics for Scotland (many of which are classified as 'National Statistics')
  • developing  economic statistics and economic modelling tools
  • supporting the work of the Council of Economic Advisers and the Enterprise and Skills Strategic Board
  • enhancing economic understanding and policy capability across the Scottish Government
  • coordinating the development of the Scottish Government’s Economic Recovery programme to tackle the impact of both the Coronavirus pandemic and EU Exit
  • delivering a clear economic policy framework that builds on Scotland's Economic Strategy (SES)
  • promoting Wellbeing Economy principles across the Scottish Government and with key stakeholders

Who we are

Cabinet Secretary and Ministers

Management