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Blog Archive | 2016

NERI Seminar: Demographic Change and Expenditure Pressures in Ireland

Posted on January 14, 2016 by Daragh McCarthy

Publication cover - NERI Seminar—Thomas Conefrey, Demographics, Jan 2016
The latest NERI seminar, 'Estimating Demographic Change and Expenditure Pressures in Ireland over the Medium-Term: Preliminary Analysis', was held yesterday afternoon in the INTO Learning Centre. Dr Thomas Conefrey, Chief Economist at the Irish Fiscal Advisory Council, presented preliminary work that attempts to quantify the likely pressures on the government finances in Ireland due to population …

Posted in: Government Spending

Just Change – reforming Scotland’s Local Property Tax

Posted on January 12, 2016 by Micheál Collins

Micheal Collins profile
Scotland’s Commission on Local Tax Reform was established in early 2015 with the purpose of considering reforms to the current Council Tax system – one deemed outdated and broken by those on all sides. On December 14th last the Commission published its final report entitled ‘Just Change: A New Approach to Local Taxation”. The report’s title underscores the exasperation of policy makers …

Posted in: Taxation

Public Sector reform

Posted on January 08, 2016 by Tom Healy

Tom Healy, Director NERI
Public sector reform is an expression that falls lightly into the lap of public discourse. Everyone speaks up for ‘public sector reform’ and few if any would disagree that the sector needs constant reforming and improvement. That said, I can’t remember the last time I heard the expression ‘private sector reform’.  Yet, the genesis of the recent economic crash globally as well as …

Low tax, low spend?

Posted on January 06, 2016 by Tom McDonnell

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The NERI’s Quarterly Economic Facts contains a range of indicators on the public finances. One of these indicators compares levels of government revenue and public spending in the Republic of Ireland (Ireland) with that of other EU economies. The basic method of comparison is to measure total government revenue and total public spending as percentages of GDP. Total general government revenue is …

Posted in: Government SpendingTaxation

Minimum Wage Increase - who gains?

Posted on January 05, 2016 by Micheál Collins

January 1st saw a 50 cent  increase in the hourly Minimum Wage; the first since 2011. The increase to €9.15 per hour follows the recommendations of the Low Pay Commission. A recent NERI Research inBrief estimates some of the effects of this increase. Specifically, it examines the average impact on the gross pay of minimum wage employees and the overall increase in the level of earnings for …

Posted in: GenderIncomeJobsLabour costsWages

Looking to an enterprising new year at the NERI

Posted on January 01, 2016 by Tom Healy

Tom Healy, Director NERI
Happy new year!  The issues of happiness, sustainability and well-being will continue to exercise our attention in 2016. Regrettably Gross Domestic Product measures only some things while neglecting others. Worse still, some components of GDP may be inflated by negative human behaviour while adding nothing to human well-being. In the coming year we are likely to see rising concern about the …

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