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Future positive

Posted on January 04, 2019 by Tom Healy

Tom Healy, Director NERI
Let me begin this year with a confession. Had the NERI been in existence 11 years ago in January 2008 we might have anticipated an economic slow down rather than the biggest global economic crash since the 1920s.  Economists and others, naturally, extrapolate from various trends over the preceding years and based on early warning signs of trouble on international financial markets. Maths is just …

New NERI Working Paper - Innovation and Growth: Concepts and Policy Implications

Posted on December 20, 2018 by Tom McDonnell

Investment Green Energy
The NERI's latest addition to its enterprise project is released today. You can find it on the website here. This working paper will underpin much of our research in 2019. The paper focuses on sustainable and inclusive long-run economic growth. The core idea is that knowledge and new ideas manifesting as ‘innovations’ are the key to sustainable long-run economic growth. Following the main …

Posted in: MacroeconomicsInvestmentIncome

Wages and jobs: a lost decade in four charts

Posted on November 30, 2018

How do we know that matters are improving in the economy? Answer: when attendances at Central Statistics Office in the Republic launches of new economic data are down on what they were a few years ago in the deepest of recessions!  Such was an occasion recently at the launch of the Labour Force Survey in Dublin. This was followed, as it normally is, by a less trumpeted online launch of recent …

Slides from NERI Post Budget Seminar - 17 October, 2018

Posted on November 23, 2018 by Louisa O'Brien

Slides from NERI Post Budget Seminar held in the INTO Learing Centre on 17th October.  The three speakers each made a brief presentation responding to aspects of Budget 2019.  The presentations were delivered by Fergal O'Brien (IBEC), Michael Taft (SIPTU) and Dr Sinead Pembroke (TASC)   Budget 2019 analysis fergal o'brien 17 oct 18 from NevinInstituteAbove presentation by Fergal O'Brien …

Prospects for Private Sector Wages 2018/2019

Posted on November 20, 2018 by Tom McDonnell

The Republic of Ireland's labour market is tightening, albeit not yet overheating. As such, the prospects for real wage growth for workers continue to improve. In this presentation we assess the state of the Republic of Ireland's labour market and look ahead to the potential for real wage growth in 2019.

Posted in: JobsMacroeconomicsLabour costsIncomeWages

Being Brexit ready (the case of housing)

Posted on November 16, 2018 by Tom Healy

Tom Healy, Director NERI
As the time left to B-day on the 29th March next shortens, many organisations and individuals are making their own preparations. While a Withdrawal Agreement is far from certain at the time of writing this blog, it does appear that there is a considerable momentum to avoid a 'no-deal' situation as well as to avoid 'hard borders' at least for the immediate future ahead. It remains to be seen how …

Slides from NERI Seminar Belfast: Rebalancing and Regional Economic Performances: Northern Ireland in a Nordic Mirror

Posted on November 16, 2018 by Paul Mac Flynn

Slides from NERI Seminar Belfast: Rebalancing and Regional Economic Performances: Northern Ireland in a Nordic Mirror presented by Dr Esmond Birnie, Ulster University and Dr Graham Brownlow, Queen's University Belfast on 15th November, 2018.  

Immigration and low pay

Posted on November 08, 2018 by Paul Mac Flynn

Over the last number of weeks there has been increasing discussion over what the United Kingdom’s immigration policy will be once it leaves the European Union. Despite playing a disproportionately large role in the debate at the time of the referendum, the issue of immigration has since taken a back seat to the more mundane technicalities and mechanics of trade policy. What we do know is that …

The End of Austerity?

Posted on October 26, 2018 by Paul Mac Flynn

The UK Budget for 2019/20 will be unveiled later today by Chancellor of the Exchequer Philip Hammond. While nearly all recent discussion and debate at Westminster has been consumed by Brexit, the political context for this budget is quite different. Obviously, it will be almost impossible to avoid the issue of Brexit completely. The forecasts for economic growth and the public finances will be …

Measuring Job Quality: The ‘Better Jobs Index’

Posted on October 26, 2018 by Lisa Wilson

This increased concern over job quality in the UK was initially formalised by Prime Minister Theresa May when she commissioned Matthew Taylor, Chief Executive of the RSA to undertake a review of modern working practices. One of the key recommendations made by the Commission in its report was that the UK Government should identify a set of metrics against which it will measure success in …

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