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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 …

Cost Rental made simple

Posted on July 13, 2018 by Tom Healy

Tom Healy, Director NERI
‘Cost-rental’ is a term that has come into popular use in the last year or two. While most people declared themselves supportive of the idea, it is not always obvious that people mean the same thing when using this term. Let me explain briefly and concisely what it means.  ‘Cost-rental’ is a social arrangement where anyone can avail of secure, quality rented accommodation in a way that …

The effect of the financial crisis and recession on wages by age group

Posted on June 05, 2018 by Ciarán Nugent

As the dust settles in the aftermath of the financial crisis and the economy continues on the road to full employment, economists and policymakers can make better judgements as to the nature and extent of the structural changes (if any) to the Irish labour market brought about by the subsequent years of recession and austerity. An analysis of wages over time as they relate to age cohort or the …

Presentations from the 6th Annual NERI Labour Market Conference in association with NUI Galway, Whitaker Institute - 22nd May, 2018

Posted on May 25, 2018 by Louisa O'Brien

Presentation from the Central Statistics Office Michael Connolly, Eoin Flaherty, and Yvonne Hayden, CSO National Accounts DivisionProductivity in Ireland Productivity and Skills Session 1A, Chair: Dr Aidan Kane, NUI Galway Luke Rehill, Department of FinancePatterns of firm-level productivity in Ireland Dr Adele Whelan, ESRIEducational attainment and skill utilisation in the Irish labour market: …

Cost Rental Housing – A Model for Ireland?

Posted on May 11, 2018 by Paul Goldrick-Kelly

Housing presents one of the largest issues facing the state. From record levels of homelessness, to rapidly increasing house prices to rents that now exceed pre-crash levels - the housing market in the republic of Ireland shows signs of disfunctionality. While there is common agreement that this crisis is linked to housing supply, more fundamental issues need to be addressed. This inBrief …

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Slides from NERI Seminar: 'Ireland's Private Pension System: the gender dimension'

Posted on May 03, 2018 by Louisa O'Brien

Slides from NERI Seminar: 'Ireland's Private Pension System: the gender dimension' presented by Dr Micheál Collins, Assistant Professor of Social Policy at School of Social Policy, Social Work and Social Justice, UCD on 2nd May, 2018. Presentation gender pensions neri seminar m collins ucd 2 may 18 from NevinInstitute

Temporary contracts: what we (might not) know from survey data

Posted on April 30, 2018 by Ciarán Nugent

Precarious Work
Changes to the labour market over recent decades and changes to come due to technological advancement and globalisation are of ongoing interest to economists and the public alike. The growth of non-standard or atypical working contracts as a share of employment is well documented across the majority of OECD countries over the past two or three decades.  As the Irish economy is on track over the …

Guest Blog - Laurie Macfarlane: To solve the housing crisis, we need to fix our broken land economy

Posted on April 26, 2018

The UK, along with many other advanced economies, is facing a major housing affordability crisis. Average house prices are now on average nearly eight times that of incomes across England and Wales, and up to 39 times in parts of central London. A whole generation finds itself priced out of the market, struggling to make ends meet in the face of eye-watering rents. Over the past 15 years’ …

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