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On the threshold of a new year

Posted on December 21, 2017 by Tom Healy

Tom Healy, Director NERI
On the threshold of a new year, the Nevin Economic Research Institute continues its work on a number of key fronts including a special focus, this year, on enterprise development.  For too long, there has been an absence of focussed research on the reasons for why native enterprises, here, have generally been nowhere as successful when it comes to global markets as other enterprises have been.  …

Public spending levels: How does Ireland Compare?

Posted on December 20, 2017 by Paul Goldrick-Kelly

The nature and level of public expenditure is an important and contentious subject of debate in political discussion everywhere and that is no less true of the Republic of Ireland.  While this debate cannot be entirely shorn of subjective values and political judgements, relative expenditure comparisons can ground debate in something resembling a common set of facts. The most common basis of …

Posted in: Government SpendingInvestment

Slides from NERI Seminar: Productivity in Northern Ireland & the Republic of Ireland

Posted on December 14, 2017 by Louisa O'Brien

Slides from NERI Seminar on 'Productivity in Northern Ireland & the Republic of Ireland', presented by Paul Goldrick-Kelly, Economist, NERI and Paul Mac Flynn, Senior Economist, NERI on 13th December, 2017. Above presentation by Paul Goldrick-Kelly (NERI)   Above presentation by Paul Mac Flynn (NERI)  

Brexit: Round 1

Posted on December 08, 2017 by Tom Healy

Tom Healy, Director NERI
Progress was made last week in relation to the preparation for Brexit and, in particular, the unique and special circumstances of Northern Ireland.  A careful and considered reading of “Joint report from the negotiators of the European Union and the United Kingdom Government on progress during phase 1 of negotiations under Article 50 TEU on the United Kingdom's orderly withdrawal from the …

Brexit and Ireland: an unholy trinity of options

Posted on November 24, 2017 by Tom Healy

Tom Healy, Director NERI
As the heat rises in the run-up to Christmas on the Brexit front we are looking into the barrel of The Great British-Irish Trilemma.  There are no safe places to hide here and no amount of palaver and fudge will duck the key issue.  Minister for Foreign Affairs, Simon Coveney puts it succinctly and accurately like this: The Government in London has repeatedly outlined three ambitions which …

O happy days?

Posted on November 17, 2017 by Tom Healy

Tom Healy, Director NERI
Many (most?) listeners of an early morning news might be forgiven, last week, for wanting to climb under the blankets when they might have thought they heard: ‘house prices could rise by over 20% in the next three years in the Republic of Ireland - but don’t worry, housing remains and will remain affordable – on average’.  As luck had it, the same morning featured the latest data on …

Will life be better or worse for this generation?

Posted on November 10, 2017 by Tom Healy

Tom Healy, Director NERI
A simple question but a hard one to answer. First, how do we measure notions of ‘better’, ‘worse’, ‘good’ … ? Second, which countries, generations and points in time do we compare? Third, how do we know what the future will hold for anyone or most people? However, just because it is a hard question should not deter us from considering various aspects of it. the fact that the …

Interest Rates: Don't move too soon

Posted on November 01, 2017 by Paul Mac Flynn

Interest rates have been making the headlines in recent weeks, as speculation mounts about a possible change in policy this Thursday. In the UK the Bank of England base rate has been at an all-time low for almost 10 years. Monetary policy has been very loose since the Great Financial Crash of 2008, not only in the UK but around the world. Low interest rates were also supplemented by a process of …

Posted in: Northern Ireland Wages

Halloween, plastic-eating chicks and the circular economy

Posted on October 27, 2017 by Tom Healy

Tom Healy, Director NERI
“By 2050, there will be more plastic in the oceans than fish, entangling sea creatures and trapping them, mimicking their food, and releasing toxins that poison them: marine turtles feed on plastic bags because they float in the ocean like jellyfish. Alabtrosses, those vast ocean-going birds, are bringing belly-fulls of plastic instead of squid back to their nests to feed their chicks. The …

Slides from NERI Post Budget Seminar - 18 October, 2017

Posted on October 26, 2017 by Louisa O'Brien

NERI Post Budget Seminar - 18 October, 2017
Slides from NERI Post Budget Seminar held in the INTO Learning Centre on 18th October.  The three speakers each made a brief presentation responding to aspects of Budget 2018.  The presentations were delivered by Marie Sherlock (SIPTU), Michelle Murphy (Social Justice Ireland) and John FitzGerald (formally of ESRI). Above presentation by Marie Sherlock (SIPTU) Above presentation by Michelle …

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