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Lisa Wilson is an Economist at the Nevin Economic Research Institute. Her main research interests lie in the areas of income distribution, poverty, public expenditure, living standards and well-being.

Lisa is keen to continue to conduct research examining the impact of economic and social policy both at macro- and micro-economic levels. Furthermore, she is interested in exploring ways in which economic and social inequalities can be reduced and in developing policy recommendations to these ends. Lisa has previously worked on numerous short-term research projects within the School of Sociology, Social Policy and Social Work, Queens University, Belfast. She also taught extensively across sociology (and in particular quantitative methods) and social policy degree programs.

Lisa has just recently completed her PhD in Sociology titled ‘Income inequality and well-being in the United Kingdom’ which she carried out in the School of Sociology, Social Policy and Social Work, Queens University, Belfast. 

Time to think of importance of retail as Christmas looms

Posted on October 21, 2019 by Lisa Wilson

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It’s approaching that time of year again, where people start thinking about, dare I say it, Christmas. I know, I know, I can hear the tut at my even mentioning of the word aloud this side of Halloween. But like it or lump it, as the evenings continue to close in and people get used to going home to light the fire in the evenings we cannot help but start to think about Christmas nights out, and …

We need to talk about what policy can do to ensure a decent wage for the low paid

Posted on September 25, 2019 by Lisa Wilson

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How do we lessen the plight of the low paid and ensure that workers are rewarded a decent wage for their work? Is it enough for policy to focus solely on increasing the minimum wage?  This Blog looks at recent UK policy which has sought to tackle low pay and suggests that if the Government is really serious about “ending” low pay it needs to move beyond its recent sole focus on raising the …

Posted in: JobsNorthern Ireland Wages

Brexit, Tourism and the border

Posted on August 26, 2019 by Lisa Wilson

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Last week my colleague Paul Mac Flynn in this same column warned about the need to ensure that people are not left behind, in our increasingly more probable, crashing out of the European Union without a deal. Like many other Brexit commentators, Paul Mac Flynn is of the opinion that there is no use now in debating the impacts of the various different Brexit deal options which have been on and off …

Is everybody happy? The economics of happiness in Northern Ireland

Posted on May 20, 2019 by Lisa Wilson

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For some years now, Northern Ireland has come out on top of the UK's happiness league table with people here reporting higher degrees of happiness than people in England, Scotland and Wales. This year is no different with new figures published last week by the Office for National Statistics showing Northern Ireland to again be the happiest region in the UK. In Northern Ireland, people ranked …

Automation technologies and the future of work

Posted on April 30, 2019 by Lisa Wilson

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Recent rapid advances in artificial intelligence, robotics and other forms of smart technologies have led to widespread concern about the potential impact of automation technologies for the future of work. Some paint a doomsday scenario with the unstoppable march of the robots resulting in large numbers of our jobs wiped out, widespread technological unemployment and ultimately an economic and …

Posted in: JobsNorthern Ireland

The organisation of childcare services: What role for gender equality?

Posted on January 25, 2019 by Lisa Wilson

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Slides from Dr Rossella Ciccia NERI Belfast seminar presentation  /download/pdf/the_organization_of_childcare_services_final_slides.pdf

Posted in: JobsNorthern Ireland InequalityGenderWages

Measuring Job Quality: The ‘Better Jobs Index’

Posted on October 26, 2018 by Lisa Wilson

This increased concern over job quality in the UK was initially formalised by Prime Minister Theresa May when she commissioned Matthew Taylor, Chief Executive of the RSA to undertake a review of modern working practices. One of the key recommendations made by the Commission in its report was that the UK Government should identify a set of metrics against which it will measure success in …

‘Bad’ Jobs and Productivity: Why flexible employment is negatively affecting productivity

Posted on September 07, 2018 by Lisa Wilson

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Productivity - the amount of value produced per hour worked - has grown at a painfully slow rate across many large Western economies since the financial crisis of 2008. The UK has been among the worst performing economies and within it, Northern Ireland has been falling behind even more.  At the same time, employment in Northern Ireland is at a record high and we have been hearing suggestions …

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 …

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

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