'Policy Scepticism' and the impact of Scottish higher education institutions (HEIs) on their host region: accounting for regional budget constraints under devolution

Hermannsson, K. , Lisenkova, K., McGregor, P. G. and Swales, J. K. (2013) 'Policy Scepticism' and the impact of Scottish higher education institutions (HEIs) on their host region: accounting for regional budget constraints under devolution. Regional Studies, 48(2), pp. 400-417. (doi:10.1080/00343404.2012.697139)

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Abstract

A “policy scepticism” has emerged that challenges the results of conventional regional HEI impact analyses. In this paper we provide a systematic critique of such scepticism. While rejecting its extreme form, we note the limiting effect of the binding public-sector expenditure constraints under devolution and show how conventional impact analyses can be augmented to accommodate these constraints. While our results suggest that conventional impact studies overestimate the expenditure impacts of HEIs, they also demonstrate that the policy scepticism that treats these expenditure effects as irrelevant neglects some key aspects of HEIs, in particular their export intensity.

Item Type:Articles
Additional Information:This is an Author's Original Manuscript of an article whose final and definitive form, the Version of Record, has been published in Regional Studies 12 July 2012 copyright Regional Studies Association, available online at: http://www.tandfonline.com/10.1080/00343404.2012.697139
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Lisenkova, Ms Katerina and Hermannsson, Dr Kristinn
Authors: Hermannsson, K., Lisenkova, K., McGregor, P. G., and Swales, J. K.
Subjects:H Social Sciences > HJ Public Finance
L Education > LF Individual institutions (Europe)
College/School:College of Social Sciences > School of Education
College of Social Sciences > School of Social and Political Sciences > Urban Studies
Journal Name:Regional Studies
Publisher:Taylor and Francis
ISSN:0034-3404
ISSN (Online):1360-0591
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2012 Regional Studies Association
First Published:First published in Regional Studies 48(2):400-417
Publisher Policy:Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher

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