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Paul Goldrick-Kelly

Paul Goldrick-Kelly is an Economist at the NERI who’s work to date has looked at the possible financial impacts demographic change may have on broad areas of the public service.  His research interests are public finances, fiscal policy, innovation & economic growth.

He is a graduate of University College Dublin with a HDIP and MA in Economic Science.

Moving towards a Just Transition

Posted on November 14, 2019 by Paul Goldrick-Kelly

Environmental breakdown is occurring at an unprecedented rate. The move to a low-carbon economy must incorporate principles of justice for the workers and communities affected. A Just Transition accommodates and addresses social concerns and possible inequities that may emerge as policymakers make efforts to promote ecological sustainability. This implies that environmental policy should not …

The link between union density and fighting climate change

Posted on September 09, 2019 by Paul Goldrick-Kelly

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The collective challenge we face from human induced climate change cannot be overstated. Meeting this challenge will require decisive action by countries all over the world. The IPCC’s recommendation of a 45% reduction in global emissions over 2010 levels by 2030 to mitigate the worst effects of climate change implies substantial social and economic changes globally. International experience …

Harmful fossil fuel subsidies: a mistaken policy

Posted on July 26, 2019 by Paul Goldrick-Kelly

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The Climate Change Performance Index: Results 2019 makes for concerning reading from an Irish perspective. According to the report, Ireland remains the EU’s worst performer in the composite index. The report’s authors note that “existing climate mitigation efforts will not enable Ireland to achieve either its EU 2020 or 2030 targets domestically” and that Ireland has failed to implement …

Posted in: Government Spending

Cost Rental Housing – A Model for Ireland?

Posted on May 11, 2018 by Paul Goldrick-Kelly

Housing presents one of the largest issues facing the state. From record levels of homelessness, to rapidly increasing house prices to rents that now exceed pre-crash levels - the housing market in the republic of Ireland shows signs of disfunctionality. While there is common agreement that this crisis is linked to housing supply, more fundamental issues need to be addressed. This inBrief …

Posted in: Government SpendingInvestment

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

Fiscal Implications of Demographic Changes in the Healthcare Sector

Posted on February 09, 2016 by Paul Goldrick-Kelly

The fiscal impact of predicted changes in the size and age structure of the Irish population represent a major challenge for policy planners. This paper provides estimates of the costs to the public healthcare system in real terms attributable to demographic changes over the next two decades.

Posted in: Government Spending

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