by Stephen Boyle
The underperformance of the Scottish economy relative to the rest of the UK has been of continuing concern for analysts since Cairncross.
In the period from 1999 to 2014, GDP growth averaged 1.6% in Scotland and 1.9% in RUK.
Scotland ranked third amongst the nations and regions of the UK in 2013 and 2014, behind London and the South East of England.
Faster and sustainable growth has been the main economic objective of successive Scottish administrations.
The Scottish Government believes that reducing inequality would result in faster economic growth, hence its commitment to "inclusive growth".
For the full chapter, please see: Boyle, S. Economic Policy Performance. In Gibb, K., Maclennan, D., McNulty, K., & Comerford, M. (eds) Scottish Economy - A Living Book. London: Routledge. Available via this link.