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Tom Healy

Tom Healy is Director of the Nevin Economic Research Institute (NERI). Tom has previously worked in the Economic and Social Research Institute, the Northern Ireland Economic Research Centre, the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development, the National Economic and Social Forum and the Department of Education and Skills.

He holds a PhD (economics and sociology) from UCD. His research interests have included the impact of education and social capital on well-being, social vision and economic strategy for the island of Ireland, Education, Housing and Health.

Monday Blog—Review of 2013

Posted on July 31, 2015 by Tom Healy

This week's blog looks back at articles from 2013: Title Date Main Keyword Other Keywords Economic Development with a purpose 23-DecVisionTaxation, Public spending, Jobs Where to now (Post-Troika)? 16-DecDomestic economyTaxation, Vision, Jobs A Modest Proposal 09-DecInvestmentJobs, Domestic economy Anglo-Irish Bank is dead. Long live its debt? 02-DecDebtDomestic economy Are we over-spending? …

Monday Blog—Review of 2014

Posted on July 27, 2015 by Tom Healy

This week's blog looks back at articles from 2014: Topic Date Main Keyword Other Keywords Ageing well 22-DecDemographicsPensions, Social wage The Wages Elephant is in the Domestic Parlour 15-DecWagesMacro economy, Social wage Imagining a different society 08-DecVisionInvestment, Social wage Things you always wanted to know about Northern Ireland public finances (Part 2) 01-DecGovernment …

Posted in: Government SpendingIncomeInequalityInvestmentJobsLiving wageMacroeconomicsTaxationWages

Monday Blog—Review of 2015 so far

Posted on July 20, 2015 by Tom Healy

I am on leave for the next few weeks, so this Monday blog recaps on the topics covered over the opening half of the year.  Topic Date Main Keyword Other Keywords An economy that works for the people 13 July  Vision Taxation, Social wage, Investment Emigration has taken its toll 6 July  Emigration Demography, Young workers, Social capital First principle: Do no harm 29 June  Welfare Equity, …

An economy that works for the people

Posted on July 12, 2015 by Tom Healy

Tom Healy, Director NERI
An economy that works is one that enables workers, their families and communities to not only survive but flourish and prosper in the widest sense that no measure of GDP or income can adequately capture.   But, a society is more than the sum of individuals or households and a properly functioning economy is one where people have not only the theoretical right to employment, a living income and …

Address to the ICTU Biennial Conference 2015

Posted on July 07, 2015 by Tom Healy

President, I would like to thank the General Secretary and the Executive Council for inviting me to introduce this debate on the economy. The motions concern more than just the key areas of employment, wages, pensions and public finances. An economy that works is one that enables workers, their families and communities to not only survive but flourish and prosper in the widest sense that no …

Emigration has taken its toll

Posted on July 03, 2015 by Tom Healy

Tom Healy, Director NERI
Significant progress has been made in reducing the overall rate of unemployment in the Republic of Ireland since 2012 when it peaked at one in seven in  the workforce. Still, the overall rate remains close to one in ten and is double that in the case of persons under the age of 26. As in previous Irish recessions, outward migration has acted as a very significant ‘safety valve’ in …

First principle: Do no harm

Posted on June 27, 2015 by Tom Healy

Tom Healy, Director NERI
On Thursday of this week just as half a million children at primary school begin their summer holidays many thousands of children in families with one parent face a drop in family income - a sharp drop in some cases by as much as €140 per week.  Just at a time when working parents are under severe pressure to find chilcare for their children after school their incomes will be cut sharply. …

Solidarity key to avoiding a European tragedy

Posted on June 18, 2015 by Tom Healy

Tom Healy, Director NERI
Monday 22 June 2015. Krinein is a Greek word which means 'to sift or to separate'.  It gives rise to the word 'crisis'.   Greece has always been at the heart of the European continent. Culturally, linguistically and philosophically ancient Greek civilisation has helped shape who we are as Europeans.  Like so many other countries in Europe, Greece has had a troubled history over the last …

Posted in: Macroeconomics

TTIP in trouble

Posted on June 12, 2015 by Tom Healy

Last week an unprecedented even took place in the European Parliament. Following months of complex negotiation between the European Commission – on behalf of European Union Member States – and the United States of America  a resolution to the Parliament to be discussed and voted upon last Wednesday was postponed and the matter was referred back to the Trade Committee. This concerns the …

Posted in: InequalityInvestmentMacroeconomics

Wages on the rise after 7 years of stagnation.

Posted on June 05, 2015 by Tom Healy

Tom Healy, Director NERI
As data filter through every three months from the Central Statistics Office it is clear that wages are recovering slowly across most sectors of the economy. The adjustment of the labour market over a period of 7 to 8 years since the crash of 2008 is, and will be, the subject of research – did wages fall everywhere? Why did wages increase during the recession in many successful exporting firms? …

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