North Sea Oil and Genuine Saving in the Scottish Economy

Bremner, Greg and Cross, Rod (2011) North Sea Oil and Genuine Saving in the Scottish Economy. Discussion paper. University of Strathclyde, Glasgow.

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    The World Bank has published estimates of sustainability of consumption paths by adjusting saving rates to take account of the depletion of non-renewable resources. During the period of North Sea oil production Scotland has been in a fiscal union with the rest of the UK. The present paper adjusts the World Bank data to produce separate genuine saving estimates for Scotland and the rest of the UK for 1970-2009, based on a ‘derivation’ principle for oil revenues. The calculations indicate that Scotland has had a negative genuine saving rate for most of the period of exploitation of North Sea oil resources, with genuine saving being positive in the rest of the UK during this period.