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

Posted on April 26, 2018

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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’ …

Is low pay the reason for the working poor? Low pay and in-work poverty in Ireland today.

Posted on April 23, 2018 by Lisa Wilson

There has long been an assumption that work is the best and most effective route out of poverty. This maxim however has been questioned recently by a report published by Social Justice Ireland who posit that there is over 104,000 people in employment in Ireland who are living in households with an income which is less than the official poverty line - about €250 per adult per week. The working …

Slides from NERI Seminar: 'Housing shock in Ireland - new inequalities, financialisation, and the right to a home

Posted on April 12, 2018 by Louisa O'Brien

Slides from NERI Seminar on 'Housing shock in Ireland - new inequalities, financialisation, and the right to a home' presented by Dr Rory Hearne, Post Doctoral Researcher, Social Science Institute, NUI Maynooth on 11th April, 2018. Presentation at NERI Seminar by Dr Rory Hearne, NUI Maynooth from NevinInstitute

Time to start changing the game

Posted on March 30, 2018 by Tom Healy

Tom Healy, Director NERI
The story goes that there was a slightly inebriated person found under the light of street lamp searching for something. When asked by a police officer about what was happening, the person replied ‘I’m looking for my house keys’. They both searched together but found nothing. When the police officer asked ‘are sure you lost them here?’, the person revealed that the keys had been lost in …

Towards ‘better jobs’ for all: Why we need to listen to the women's movement

Posted on March 08, 2018 by Lisa Wilson

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Recently we have seen increased attention being given to the nature of employment and in particular to the quality of employment. There is hardly a day that passes that when we pick up the newspaper or turn on the radio that we do not hear talk of ‘precarious work’, ‘insecure jobs’, ‘zero hours contracts’, ‘the gig economy’, ‘contingent employment’ or some variation of these …

Posted in: Gender

Northern Ireland's Public Finances - Revenue Matters

Posted on March 05, 2018 by Paul Mac Flynn

When the £1 billion supply and confidence deal was signed between the Conservatives and the DUP last summer, many across the water began to take a more in depth look at the public finances in Northern Ireland. When they examined official statistics, many were horrified to learn that a region to which the UK government had just pledged a massive increase in funds was already one of the highest …

Call for Papers: 6th Annual NERI Labour Market Conference

Posted on February 05, 2018 by Louisa O'Brien

The sixth Annual NERI Labour Market Conference will be held on Tuesday 22nd May in association with NUI Galway's Whitaker Institute . The conference will run from 09:35 - 16:15 (followed by a reception until 16:45) and will include research papers on various aspects of the Irish labour market and Irish labour market policy.  The venue will be the Moyola Building, NUI Galway. The NERI Labour …

Some evidence about health expenditure in the Republic of Ireland

Posted on February 02, 2018 by Tom Healy

Tom Healy, Director NERI
Never let the data get in the way of a good story. In their landmark book, How Ireland cares: The case for health reform , published in 2006, Dale Tussing and Maeve-Ann Wren recount some wild claims by a Minister for Health regarding the extent to which Ireland was spending far in excess of other countries. Surprisingly, the claims along with the underlying assumptions have stuck. Sometimes, it …

Productivity matters for everyone

Posted on January 18, 2018 by Paul Mac Flynn

In recent years one economic trend in particular has become increasingly important for policymakers across most western economies and that is productivity. It has become such a significant issue because while most other economic metrics eventually began to recover following the 2008 crash, productivity has remained stubbornly weak. In simple terms productivity is a measure of how efficiently …

Posted in: Government SpendingInvestmentWages

The housing crisis: rising costs, falling living standards

Posted on January 09, 2018 by Ciarán Nugent

 The national median disposable, net or after tax wage has increased by just under 8% since 2012 (now at €2,087 p.m. approx.) whilst the take home pay of a full-time minimum wage worker has increased by about 10% (now at €1,490). The most recent reports by daft.ie show an almost 60% rise in average rents across the country and 40% growth in asking prices for residential properties in the …

Posted in: Wages

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