Posts from "Daragh McCarthy"

NERI Seminar: A Future Worth Working For

Posted on April 09, 2015 by Daragh McCarthy

Yesterday's seminar given by the Director of the NERI, Tom Healy, focused on setting the parameters for a clear, long-term vision for the Irish economy to emerge. The seminar is based on a recent working paper that argues this vision must be based on concrete goals that can be observed, measured and contrasted—as opposed to pious aspirations. The paper is not intended as a blueprint or model …

Posted in: InequalityInvestmentJobsTaxationWages

The social wage as a mechanism for a widespread recovery in living standards

Posted on March 29, 2015 by Daragh McCarthy

Recovery has begun. However, the economic collapse and years of aggressive reductions in government spending mean the recovery is starting from a position where key public services are stretched, state-sponsored family supports diminished, core welfare rates cut for those under 26, and a lack of public investment in infrastructure around the country is hampering job creation. For workers in many …

Posted in: Government Spending

Employment in the public sector

Posted on March 12, 2015 by Daragh McCarthy

Publication cover - Quarterly Economic Facts Summer 2015
As shown in the latest edition of the Quarterly Economic Facts , the public sector in the Republic of Ireland accounts for 18.4 per cent of total employment—not far from the average level across OECD countries. The public sector employees make up 20 per cent of the total number of people working in the Untied Kingdom; however, public sector workers in Northern Ireland represent 31 per cent of …

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NERI Seminar: Deprivation on the Island of Ireland

Posted on March 06, 2015 by Daragh McCarthy

Trutz Haase
Trutz Haase was the speaker at the most recent NERI seminar on deprivation on the island of Ireland. Over the course of the presentation, Trutz provided an overview of the Irish deprivation indices, covering the conceptual underpinnings of the 2011 Pobal Haase-Pratschke (HP) Deprivation Index for Small Areas. He then disucssed the relevance of deprivation indices in researching the effects of …

Posted in: Inequality

NERI Seminar: Funding Universal Health & Social Care in Ireland

Posted on February 12, 2015 by Daragh McCarthy

Yesterday's NERI seminar, given by Professsor Charles Normand, examined the drivers of health care expenditure and assessed the feasibility of universal health care in Ireland. Professor Normand argued that it is feasible to develop a practical definition of universal care, and to work out the costs over time of providing this access. Yesterday's presentation was based on a recent paper by …

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Unemployment across the EU 28

Posted on February 09, 2015 by Daragh McCarthy

Enterprise Walk
For many countries in Europe significant, unexploited sources of economic growth remain and unemployment rates across the EU 28 are well above the level recorded before the recession started in 2008—though they have dropped slightly from a peak in early 2013. With an average unemployment rate of 17.1 per cent, the sub-set of countries at the centre of much political and media attention at …

Posted in: Jobs

NERI Seminar: Outsourcing in the Public Sector

Posted on January 15, 2015 by Daragh McCarthy

Publication cover - Outsourcing in the public sector NERI WP 22
Outsourcing in the public sector was the topic of the first NERI seminar of the new year. Public sector outsourcing is the process of contracting out a service or a function to another body, such as street cleaning or internal IT services. While outsourcing is frequently understood to mean contracting out to the private sector, services and functions can also be outsourced from one public body …

Posted in: JobsWages

NERI Seminar: Spatial Justice and Lessons from the Crisis

Posted on December 11, 2014 by Daragh McCarthy

Stand Logo
The latest NERI seminar, Some Lessons from the Crisis: Spatial Justice, Uneven Development and Future Choices, was held yesterday in the INTO Learning Centre. Gerry Kearns (professor of geography, Maynooth University) and David Meredith (senior research officer, Teagasc) outlined a concern that, as a society, we are lying the foundations for a return to a pro-cyclical economic merry-go-round …

Posted in: InequalityInvestmentJobsMacroeconomics

NERI Seminar: Devolution in the United Kingdom Post Scottish Referendum

Posted on November 19, 2014 by Daragh McCarthy

NERI seminar: prospects post Scottish referendum on independence
In the aftermath of the Scottish Independence referendum, a broader discussion has begun about the future of economic governance in the United Kingdom. If further welfare and tax raising are to be devolved to Holyrood, what could this mean for the administrations in Belfast and Cardiff? What could this mean for the proposed devolution of corporation tax to Northern Ireland? How would further …

Posted in: Northern Ireland

NERI Seminar: Assessing Funding Models for Water Services Provision

Posted on November 12, 2014 by Daragh McCarthy

Tom McDonnell NERI Seminar on Funding Water Services.png
The Institute hosted its November research seminar in INTO Learning Centre yesterday afternoon. Dr Tom McDonnell presented his recent working paper on funding models for water services provision. Working on the premise of water charges being introduced, the paper recommends combining a volume based pricing structure with a system of income related water credits ensuring that a combination of …

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