Fiscal Implications of Demographic Changes in the Healthcare Sector

Posted on February 09, 2016 by Paul Goldrick-Kelly

The fiscal impact of predicted changes in the size and age structure of the Irish population represent a major challenge for policy planners. This paper provides estimates of the costs to the public healthcare system in real terms attributable to demographic changes over the next two decades.

Posted in: Government Spending

Euro Crisis: Causes and Some Solutions

Posted on February 01, 2016 by Tom McDonnell

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The euro crisis may be burning at a low heat but that doesnt mean the euro area is any better designed than it was six months ago. The latest NERI inBrief and accompanying working paper and presentation discuss the causes of the euro crisis. They argue that long-term success and stability for the currency union depends on the implementation of a package of complementary policy reforms. Policies …

Posted in: Macroeconomics

NERI Labour Market Conference 2016

Posted on January 26, 2016 by Tom McDonnell

University of Limerick
Call for papers The fourth annual NERI Labour Market Conference will be held on Friday 13th May in association with University of Limerick Department of Economics at the Kemmy Business School . The conference will run from 11:00am-16.30pm and will include research papers on various aspects of the Irish labour market and Irish labour market policy. The NERI Labour Market Conference is intended to …

Posted in: Jobs

Tackling Economic Inequality

Posted on January 20, 2016 by Micheál Collins

Economic Inequality
One could write a book, indeed volumes, on the topic of economic inequality and its possible causes, implications and remedies. In a blog (based on a short input to a recent conference) it is only possible to point towards a number of key issues; specifically six core areas relevant to our thinking on how we might more comprehensively tackle economic inequality. The list is not intended to be …

Posted in: GenderGovernment SpendingInequalityJobsTaxation

Thinking aloud about Brexit

Posted on January 15, 2016 by Tom Healy

Tom Healy, Director NERI
2016 will be dominated, among other things, by the British question.  The word ‘Brexit’ has been added to the English language.  As everyone knows by now it would mean the UK (and that includes Northern Ireland) leaving the European Union following a referendum later this year.  Historically, the island of Britain has always displayed a singular approach in international affairs possibly …

Euro Crisis: Causes and Fixes

Posted on January 15, 2016 by Tom McDonnell

Euro coin
The euro crisis was and remains a system problem. The roots of the crisis lie in a series of structural flaws in the architecture of European Monetary Union including in its design, construction and implementation. Notable design flaws include the absence of a centrally run banking union to accompany currency union, the absence of a fiscal mechanism to soften asymmetric shocks, and the absence of …

Posted in: Macroeconomics

NERI Seminar: Demographic Change and Expenditure Pressures in Ireland

Posted on January 14, 2016 by Daragh McCarthy

Publication cover - NERI Seminar—Thomas Conefrey, Demographics, Jan 2016
The latest NERI seminar, 'Estimating Demographic Change and Expenditure Pressures in Ireland over the Medium-Term: Preliminary Analysis', was held yesterday afternoon in the INTO Learning Centre. Dr Thomas Conefrey, Chief Economist at the Irish Fiscal Advisory Council, presented preliminary work that attempts to quantify the likely pressures on the government finances in Ireland due to population …

Posted in: Government Spending

Just Change – reforming Scotland’s Local Property Tax

Posted on January 12, 2016 by Micheál Collins

Micheal Collins profile
Scotland’s Commission on Local Tax Reform was established in early 2015 with the purpose of considering reforms to the current Council Tax system – one deemed outdated and broken by those on all sides. On December 14th last the Commission published its final report entitled ‘Just Change: A New Approach to Local Taxation”. The report’s title underscores the exasperation of policy makers …

Posted in: Taxation

Public Sector reform

Posted on January 08, 2016 by Tom Healy

Tom Healy, Director NERI
Public sector reform is an expression that falls lightly into the lap of public discourse. Everyone speaks up for ‘public sector reform’ and few if any would disagree that the sector needs constant reforming and improvement. That said, I can’t remember the last time I heard the expression ‘private sector reform’.  Yet, the genesis of the recent economic crash globally as well as …

Low tax, low spend?

Posted on January 06, 2016 by Tom McDonnell

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The NERI’s Quarterly Economic Facts contains a range of indicators on the public finances. One of these indicators compares levels of government revenue and public spending in the Republic of Ireland (Ireland) with that of other EU economies. The basic method of comparison is to measure total government revenue and total public spending as percentages of GDP. Total general government revenue is …

Posted in: Government SpendingTaxation

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