Blog Archive | 2012

Passing of Dónal Nevin marked with respect by NERI

Posted on December 16, 2012 by Tom Healy

Donal Nevin
The staff of the Nevin Economic Research Institute (NERI) extend their sympathies to the family of the late Dr Dónal Nevin, scholar, trade unionist and socialist who gave a life of service to the common good. The Institute is named in honour of Dr Nevin. A press release has been issued by the Irish Congress of Trade Unions. A short biography of Dr Nevin may be viewed on the website of the …

The growth in part-time work

Posted on December 13, 2012 by Micheál Collins

In the current edition of Mandate's regular publication, Shopfloor, I have an article highlighting the growth in part-time work over recent years. In it I highlight some of the material from the recent NERI conference on the unemployment crisis. The key points are: While the headline figures on job losses tend to receive a lot of attention (over 300,000 jobs have been lost since 2007), the growth …

Posted in: GenderIncomeInequalityJobs

Average disposable income falls 10% since 2007

Posted on December 03, 2012 by Micheál Collins

The experience of recession and austerity over recent years has been widespread. The impact has been greatest on those who lost their jobs since the combined economic, fiscal, banking, property and social crisis hit Ireland - something I highlighted in a paper at the recent NERI Conference 'Responding to the Unemployment Crisis' (details are here). Looking at just once indicator of the recession, …

Posted in: IncomeInequality

Using Minimum Incomes Research for Policy

Posted on November 28, 2012 by Micheál Collins

Last week I and my fellow researchers on the recent Minimum Income Standards work spoke at an Irish Social Policy Association (ISPA) event on the topic of using minimum incomes for policy analysis and policy planning. In my section of the seminar I highlighted six areas where this research is useful and I have turned these points into a set of slides which are available on the NERI website. The …

Posted in: IncomeInequality

Under-employment in the Republic of Ireland

Posted on November 13, 2012 by Rory O'Farrell

Over one quarter of Irish workers are under-employed. Under-employment includes both those who are unemployed and part-time workers who wish to work more hours. It also includes 'marginally attached' workers such as those who have become discouraged and have given up searching for work, and those who are searching for work, but are not immediately available. As the under-employment measure …

Posted in: unemployment

Conference highlights Ireland’s Unemployment Crisis

Posted on November 13, 2012 by Micheál Collins

On November 12th the NERI hosted a conference focused on Ireland's unemployment crisis. Over a series of papers the nature of the current crisis and the possible solutions to the problem were examined. The papers and presentations for the conference are now available on the NERI website. In my own paper, the following were the key points: Overall Summary The dominance of policy responses to …

Posted in: Government SpendingIncomeInvestmentJobsMacroeconomics

Comparing the pay of civil servants - where Ireland stands

Posted on November 05, 2012 by Tom Healy

CO Pay 05Oct12
Comparisons of the cost of employing staff across countries is challenging. In its publication Government at a Glance, OECD provides comparative data in relation to the earnings and cost of employing certain categories of staff in the General Government sector according to an internationally agreed classification of occupations (ISCO-88). This indicator presents data for just one category – the …

Budget 2013 and onwards: choices and consequences

Posted on October 30, 2012 by Micheál Collins

The Society of Saint Vincent DePaul launched their pre-Budget document entitled 'The Human Face of Austerity' on Thursday October 25th. At the launch I spoke about the choices government have as they compile Budget 2013 and reflected on some of the context and consequences of these choices for workers and families in Ireland. The SVP document, available on their website here, complements much of …

Posted in: Government SpendingIncomeInequalityMacroeconomicsTaxation

Income and the Gender Divide

Posted on October 30, 2012 by Micheál Collins

Income and Gender Graph
How do the incomes of men and women compare? How have they changed in recent years and whose income is highest? These are questions that are often asked and speculated upon in the context of male/female earnings and income divisions. Using data from the CSO's Survey on Income and Living Conditions (SILC) it is possible to reach some answers - something we report in the latest edition of the …

Posted in: GenderIncomeInequality

Austerity isn’t working: A Northern Ireland Perspective

Posted on October 27, 2012 by Paul Mac Flynn

Paul MacFlynn, NERI
The International Monetary Fund recently admitted that they have, since the beginning of the crisis, grossly underestimated the damage that austerity policies have been doing to the economy. The admission was made in the latest edition of the World Economic Outlook released at their bi-annual meeting in Tokyo. This admission fatally undermines the economic case for the UK coalition government's …

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