The David Hume Institute is an independent research institute based in Scotland. We were formed in 1985 to increase understanding of the economy and related public policy.
Our staff, trustees and partners work together to encourage diversity of thought. We apply the rigorous approach which has long defined DHI to encourage action which addresses the contemporary issues of our time. Central to our work are the people of Scotland. We engage, listen and collaborate with people from different backgrounds, genders, and ages, to encourage action towards a more prosperous, sustainable, inclusive and fair Scotland.
Economy – We take a broad view and explore a wide range of issues and topics which influence Scotland’s economy.
Society – We recognise that economic questions are interconnected with broader societal issues and work to demonstrate this.
Policy – We seek to inform policy-making by government and institutions, increasing understanding of how people live in relation to each other and the economy.
We believe in the power of diversity of thought and in the value of bringing people together in an atmosphere of respectful debate. We listen to voices from across society and are unafraid to challenge established thinking or power structures. We are: