Posts from "Daragh McCarthy"

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

A quick review of employment and wages in 2015

Posted on December 22, 2015 by Daragh McCarthy

Review 2015
There seems to be an increasingly strong contention that 2015 was officially the year the good times returned. A quick overview of employment and average wage growth would suggests a definite improvement in the labour market over the past 12 months,  and the outlook for 2016 is broadly positive, but it’s not quite the good times of old.   Economic recovery began in the mid-point of 2012. …

Posted in: Wages

NERI seminar: Ireland’s daunting climate change challenge

Posted on December 04, 2015 by Daragh McCarthy

The latest NERI seminar, 'Ireland’s daunting climate change challenge in the period to 2030: how to respond?', was held on 2 December. Joseph Curtin, Research Fellow at the Institute of International and European Affairs on climate policy, provided an overview of Ireland’s climate change challenge within the context of the upcoming Paris COP 21 and EU climate 2030 negotiations. He reviewed …

Posted in: Investment

Changes in employment levels by sector before, during and after the recession

Posted on November 05, 2015 by Daragh McCarthy

Enterprise Walk
Recent changes in employment The latest figures from the Quarterly National Household Survey show employment increasing in almost all sectors of the economy. The stand-out figure is employment growth of 18.5 per cent in the construction sector over the twelve months ending in June 2015. A rise in employment was recorded in all but three areas of the economy over the same period, with small—less …

Posted in: Jobs

NERI Post Budget Seminar

Posted on October 22, 2015 by Daragh McCarthy

Post Budget Seminar, October 2015
The NERI seminar series resumed yesterday with an analysis of Budget 2016—presentations from each of the three speakers are available below. The speakers outlined the budgetary choices facing Irish society with a special focus on issues related to childcare and housing. Thanks to Michael Taft ( UNITE ), John-Mark Cafferty ( Society of St. Vincent de Paul ) and Dáithi Downey ( Dublin City …

Posted in: Government SpendingInequalityInvestmentMacroeconomicsTaxation

Recent changes in public sector employment in OECD countries

Posted on September 02, 2015 by Daragh McCarthy

Public sector employment
The scale of public sector employment varies considerably across developed economies; however, the vast majority of EU member states are in a process of reducing the size of central government employment—between 2008 and 2013, Sweden was the only EU country that increased the number of general government employees. Widespread reduction in public sector employment Countries most severely …

Posted in: Government SpendingJobs

The impact of precarious work on wages, productivity and economic growth

Posted on August 06, 2015 by Daragh McCarthy

Temp Wanted
Temporary, short-term forms of employment in the early stages of an economic recovery are a well-established feature of the labour market; however, recent research by the OECD  has raised the concern that this practice has become a more deeply ingrained, lasting characteristic in the world of work. The issue of precarious jobs and the impact this form of employment has on households and the …

Posted in: InequalityJobsMacroeconomicsWages

Employment, wages and economic recovery in the Republic of Ireland

Posted on May 21, 2015 by Daragh McCarthy

The headline figure in the Quarterly National Household Survey is a 2.2 per cent increase in employment in the year to the first quarter of 2015. Other notable figures include:  A 26.9 per cent annual decline in part-time underemployment—indicating that people in part-time jobs looking for extra paid hours are finding it easier to take up additional work. A sustained bounce in employment in …

Posted in: JobsWages

Recap on the NERI Labour Market Conference

Posted on May 07, 2015 by Daragh McCarthy

z Labour Market Conference NERI
The third annual NERI labour market conference was held on 1 May in Riddel Hall, Queen's University Belfast. The event was held in conjunction with the Queen's Management School and featured presentations on a wide range of areas. Details on the topics covered, including links to the slides, are available below. All at the NERI would like to thank everyone who attended the conference, …

Posted in: IncomeJobsLabour costsLiving wageWages

NERI Seminar: Examining the Net Wealth of Irish Households

Posted on April 16, 2015 by Daragh McCarthy

The latest NERI seminar took place on Wednesday 22 April 2015. Dr Reamonn Lydon, Central Bank of Ireland, presented research based on a novel dataset on households’ income, assets and debts in Ireland: the Household Finance and Consumption Survey (HFCS). The HFCS is an invaluable resource for policy makers, allowing for household-level analysis of the composition of wealth and debt, leverage …

Posted in: InequalityMacroeconomics

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