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Budget 2016, Taxes and Growth

Posted on October 08, 2015 by Tom McDonnell

QEO Autumn 2015
Budget 2016 is close at hand and inevitably, and unfortunately, the debate has been characterised by loud and persistent campaigning by the anti-tax lobby. It seems every day brings new calls for tax breaks for one interest group or another. Yet there is limited fiscal space and we cannot afford to fritter away our precious resources in this way – we discuss the available fiscal space in …

Posted in: InvestmentMacroeconomicsTaxation

Who Gains for a Minimum Wage Increase?

Posted on October 06, 2015 by Micheál Collins

As part of next week’s Budget the Government is likely to announce an increase to the statutory Minimum Wage. The increase follows the recommendations of the Low Pay Commission. The latest NERI Research inBrief estimates some of the effects of the proposed increase in the minimum wage. Specifically, it examines the average impact on the gross pay of minimum wage employees and the overall …

Posted in: GenderIncomeInequalityJobsLabour costsWages

A roof over your head

Posted on October 02, 2015 by Tom Healy

Tom Healy, Director NERI
A roof over one’s head and a safe, comfortable and healthy place that can be called home is a fundamental human right. Just as the issue of land was a central social concern and point of conflict in 19 th century Ireland, the question of accommodation was central to the social movement associated with the rise of trade unionism in the early years of the last century. Much of the social protest …

Posted in: Government SpendingInvestmentLiving wage

Some Implications of a Living Wage

Posted on October 02, 2015 by Micheál Collins

LW 2015 4
Earlier this week, the inaugural Living Wage Forum was convened to explore the idea and potential of the concept of a Living Wage for the Republic of Ireland. As part of a contribution from the Living Wage Technical Group, I outlined some of the implications of a Living Wage for employees, employers and the state. The presentation was based on an earlier NERI research paper (see below) which …

Posted in: Labour costsLiving wageWages

The rising cost of health

Posted on September 25, 2015 by Tom Healy

Tom Healy, Director NERI
Human health is the number one priority for people. Living a healthy life and enjoying well-being of mind and health of body is something that we all aspire to. Public policy can play a vital role in informing, equipping and resourcing people to achieve better health.  As Irish society ages there will be increased demand for health services including provision of acute or high-dependency care …

Press release: Launch Quarterly Economic Observer, Autumn 2015

Posted on September 24, 2015

Publication cover - Quarterly Economic Observer, Autumn 2015
Thursday 24 September The Government needs to take a strategic long-term approach to growing the economy argues NERI Quarterly Economic Observer, Autumn 2015.  NERI predicts strong economic growth of 5.9% in 2015 and still robust growth of 4.1% in 2016. The Nevin Economic Research Institute (NERI) will publish its latest Quarterly Economic Observer on Thursday 24th September. The report …

Inequality and Budget 2016

Posted on September 20, 2015 by Tom Healy

Tom Healy, Director NERI
After an interlude the idea of economic inequality is back on the agenda. A combination of events, observable trends and, more recently, the published works of economists such as Thomas Piketty, Tony Atkinson and Richard Wilkinson have helped put the spotlight on the question of social inequality. That inequality matters is becoming less controversial among commentators and politicians. That we …

Is Ireland’s Welfare System Excessively Generous?

Posted on September 17, 2015 by Micheál Collins

Earlier this week, the OECD launched their new Economic Survey of Ireland and noted both progress and challenges for the economy since their last assessment in 2013. The report notes the significant role played by the redistribution system (taxes and in particular transfers) in reducing the underlying level of market income inequality. It also points towards some challenges for households on low …

Posted in: IncomeJobs

Employees and the Self-Employed: an earnings profile

Posted on September 16, 2015 by Micheál Collins

Despite its relevance to broad areas of public policy, detailed assessments of the structure and distribution of the income of workers in the Republic of Ireland has been limited. The latest NERI Research inBrief examines the distribution of work related earnings for both employees and the self-employed. The key points from the analysis, which use the latest available data which is for 2013, are: …

Posted in: IncomeInequalityTaxationWages

Corbyneconomics and Northern Ireland

Posted on September 12, 2015 by Tom Healy

Tom Healy, Director NERI
The election of a new leader to the UK Labour Party signals a potentially important milestone. Many see this development in extremely negative terms while others see it as a welcome break in thinking and policy not only in the UK but across Europe. Whatever readers may think of Corbyneconomics or Cobynpolitics at home or abroad the force of the ideas behind Corbyn needs to be understood and taken …

Posted in: Northern Ireland

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