'Building a Suite of Subnational Socioeconomic Indicators for the UK: Opportunities, Challenges and Recommendations'


‘Building a Suite of Subnational Socioeconomic Indicators for the UK: Opportunities, Challenges and Recommendations’


Thursday 24 February 2022, 12:30 — 13:30

Presented by Sharada Davidson (Fraser of Allander Institute, University of Strathclyde)

The levelling up agenda has put a spotlight on subnational statistics in the UK. However, as emphasised in the GSS subnational data strategy, the need for better subnational statistics predates any recent shifts in the policy landscape. Although the ONS together with the devolved administrations now publish more subnational data than before, they are typically part of different releases which consider specific categories of indicators and data across the four nations may not always be comparable. In this webinar, we present recent findings from our scoping study to build a suite of subnational statistics for the UK. We will discuss current practice in Canada where subnational economic indicators are frequently published. We will also consider the UK policy landscape and the leading challenges associated with the collection of subnational statistics through businesses and household surveys. Having appraised the trade-offs, challenges and opportunities, we will provide our recommendations regarding which existing socioeconomic indicators and potential new indicators could be included in the suite.

Sharada Davidson is a lecturer in the Department of Economics at the University of Strathclyde.  She submitted her ESRC funded PhD in 2020 which developed and used Bayesian econometric methods to shed light on the nature of economic and financial linkages between countries.  She has also worked as a PhD trainee with the European Central Bank.  Her recent ESCoE research focusses on understanding the nature of interregional trade in the UK.

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