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Context for Budget 2019: A Long-run Focus

Posted on September 17, 2018 by Tom McDonnell

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This presentation gives the NERI perspective along with some facts and figures in advance of Budget 2019.

Posted in: InequalityMacroeconomicsTaxation

Slides from NERI Seminar: 'Healthcare - Time for a New Deal'

Posted on September 12, 2018 by Louisa O'Brien

Slides from NERI Seminar: 'Healthcare - Time for a New Deal' presented by Dr Tom Healy, Director, NERI and Paul Goldrick-Kelly, Economist, NERI on 12th September, 2018. Slides NERI Seminar - PGK & TH - 12 Sept 18 from NevinInstitute

Rebalancing our economy

Posted on September 08, 2018 by Tom Healy

Tom Healy, Director NERI
The role of small and medium-sized enterprises is crucial to the goal of a renewed domestic enterprise sector.  The unrelenting pressure of competition, technological change and environmental challenges, not to mention the uncertainties and risks associated with Brexit, call for a coordinated approach to enterprise development.  Ireland has followed, in many respects, a different pathway to …

‘Bad’ Jobs and Productivity: Why flexible employment is negatively affecting productivity

Posted on September 07, 2018 by Lisa Wilson

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Productivity - the amount of value produced per hour worked - has grown at a painfully slow rate across many large Western economies since the financial crisis of 2008. The UK has been among the worst performing economies and within it, Northern Ireland has been falling behind even more.  At the same time, employment in Northern Ireland is at a record high and we have been hearing suggestions …

Decarbonisation - unleashing the potential

Posted on August 23, 2018 by Tom Healy

Tom Healy, Director NERI
The 21st Century will be about how Energy is managed on Earth.  Officially, the Republic of Ireland is committed to zero carbon emissions in the Energy Sector by 2100 (I suspect that not many reading this blog will be alive then). A reduction of 80% for the Sector is mooted for 2050. Progress, to date, has been solid but too slow.  However, in the space of a decade, big changes have taken place …

A Household net wealth tax for the Republic of Ireland.

Posted on August 07, 2018 by Tom McDonnell

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Is a wealth tax on net households assets worth over €1 million feasible? Is it desirable? I discuss these issues in the latest NERI inBrief which can be found here. Many of the core principles for net wealth tax design are outlined in an earlier NERI/TASC Working Paper which can be found here. The main 'takeaway' is that introducing such a tax in the Republic of Ireland is more than feasible …

Posted in: InequalityTaxationIncome

Short-term outlook is good but stormclouds ahead - time to prepare the ship

Posted on August 03, 2018 by Tom McDonnell

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The NERI’s 26th Quarterly Economic Observer came out this Wednesday. You can find the release here and accompanying slides here. Outlook We examine the trends and short-run outlook for both Irish economies. The short-run outlook for the Republic of Ireland economy is very positive. We project real GDP will grow by 5.8% in 2018 reflecting our expectation that the cyclical upswing will continue …

Skills in the workforce: an all-island challenge

Posted on July 31, 2018

Tom Healy, Director NERI
The newsworthy captures the daily headlines – Brexit, world events and tensions, local news, human stories and the state of Northern Ireland’s governance at this time. What is, perhaps, less newsworthy are those deep seated and long-term shifts that occur. One such shift is in the ever-changing ‘human capital’ of a society – those skills, capacities and knowledge that enable workers and …

The chicken and the egg – which comes first? - Reforming or funding our healthcare system?

Posted on July 27, 2018 by Tom Healy

Tom Healy, Director NERI
The publication, in the Republic of Ireland, of the Sláintecare Report over year ago was a landmark achievement. For the first time it appeared that almost all political parties were united in a commitment to a single-tier, comprehensive and a well-funded system of healthcare with the commitment of additional investment and resources for reform. The aim was to make healthcare largely ‘free’ …

Northern Ireland: understanding its economy

Posted on July 20, 2018 by Tom Healy

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With the Brexit process gathering pace, there is much focus on the question of how different parts of the European Union as well as different parts of the United Kingdom will manage a transition to new rules, customs arrangements and related administrative matters. The European Union and the United Kingdom will, somehow, ‘meet’ on the island of Ireland. In this context, it is particularly …

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