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Out on our own? A sensible approach to fiscal transfers

Posted on June 05, 2019 by Paul Mac Flynn

Last week the Office for National Statistics released what they call the Country and regional public sector finances net fiscal balance tables. Whilst the name of these publication may not immediately induce interest or excitement, the information contained within them is most important. There is one figure in this report that is used by politicians in Northern Ireland more than almost any other …

Submission to the Budgetary Oversight Committee

Posted on June 05, 2019 by Tom McDonnell

The NERI will appear before the Oireachtas Budgetary Oversight Committee on the 19th of June. Our preliminary submission is here.

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Is everybody happy? The economics of happiness in Northern Ireland

Posted on May 20, 2019 by Lisa Wilson

For some years now, Northern Ireland has come out on top of the UK's happiness league table with people here reporting higher degrees of happiness than people in England, Scotland and Wales. This year is no different with new figures published last week by the Office for National Statistics showing Northern Ireland to again be the happiest region in the UK. In Northern Ireland, people ranked …

Presentations from 7th Annual NERI Labour Market Conference - Ulster University - 1st May, 2019

Posted on May 08, 2019 by Louisa O'Brien

The Future of Work: automation technology impacts: Session 1A Lena Jacobs, Department of the Taoiseach - Automation and Occupations: A Comparative Analysis of the Impact of Automation on Occupations in Ireland  Dr Lisa Wilson, NERI - The Future of Work: the impact of automation technologies for employment in Northern Ireland  Paul Mac Flynn, NERI - The Future of Work: the impact of …

Slides from NERI Seminar Belfast: "Productivity on the Island of Ireland - A tale of three economies"

Posted on May 08, 2019 by Louisa O'Brien

Slides from NERI Seminar Belfast:  "Productivity on the Island of Ireland - A tale of three economies" by Paul Mac Flynn and Paul Goldrick-Kelly, NERI held on 11th April, 2019.   Slides from NERI Seminar Belfast: Productivity on the Island of Ireland: A tale of three economies from NevinInstitute 

Are we there yet?

Posted on April 30, 2019 by Paul Mac Flynn

By any measure, we are a decade into the recovery that followed the great financial crash. Every month there is a release of statistics pertaining to economic output, the labour market or exports. Every month we tend to look at these numbers over the last 10 years and ask ourselves the question - are we there yet? In the second quarter of 2009, the UK economy finally began to grow again, …

Automation technologies and the future of work

Posted on April 30, 2019 by Lisa Wilson

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Recent rapid advances in artificial intelligence, robotics and other forms of smart technologies have led to widespread concern about the potential impact of automation technologies for the future of work. Some paint a doomsday scenario with the unstoppable march of the robots resulting in large numbers of our jobs wiped out, widespread technological unemployment and ultimately an economic and …

Posted in: JobsNorthern Ireland

Three big ideas to transform Ireland

Posted on April 26, 2019 by Tom Healy

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Ideas drive behaviour. In societies the dominant ideas reflect many competing interests and value systems.  What values guide economic activity and public policy in Ireland today?  In An Ireland Worth Working For – Towards a new democratic programme, I propose three ‘big ideas’ to guide policy: democracy, equality and sustainability. These are not new ideas. Rather, they draw on …

Dispelling some illusions

Posted on April 18, 2019 by Tom Healy

Tom Healy, Director NERI
‘It shall be the first duty of the Government of the Republic to make provision for the physical, mental and spiritual well-being of the children, to secure that no child shall suffer hunger or cold from lack of food, clothing, or shelter.’  So reads the revised Democratic Programme of January 1919. Clearly, the values underlying that Programme have not been reflected in social policy in …

An Ireland Worth Working for - towards a new democratic programme

Posted on April 14, 2019 by Tom Healy

Tom Healy, Director NERI
Later today, Monday 15th April, the Nevin Economic Research Institute along with New Island Books will launch An Ireland Worth Working For: Towards a new democratic programme. This book is about the future of Ireland – its economy and society and its people. It sets out a vision for the whole of Ireland that goes beyond sectarian or political agendas. What we need is a credible and carefully …

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