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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.

Cost Rental made simple

Posted on July 13, 2018 by Tom Healy

Tom Healy, Director NERI
‘Cost-rental’ is a term that has come into popular use in the last year or two. While most people declared themselves supportive of the idea, it is not always obvious that people mean the same thing when using this term. Let me explain briefly and concisely what it means.  ‘Cost-rental’ is a social arrangement where anyone can avail of secure, quality rented accommodation in a way that …

Time to start changing the game

Posted on March 30, 2018 by Tom Healy

Tom Healy, Director NERI
The story goes that there was a slightly inebriated person found under the light of street lamp searching for something. When asked by a police officer about what was happening, the person replied ‘I’m looking for my house keys’. They both searched together but found nothing. When the police officer asked ‘are sure you lost them here?’, the person revealed that the keys had been lost in …

Some evidence about health expenditure in the Republic of Ireland

Posted on February 02, 2018 by Tom Healy

Tom Healy, Director NERI
Never let the data get in the way of a good story. In their landmark book, How Ireland cares: The case for health reform , published in 2006, Dale Tussing and Maeve-Ann Wren recount some wild claims by a Minister for Health regarding the extent to which Ireland was spending far in excess of other countries. Surprisingly, the claims along with the underlying assumptions have stuck. Sometimes, it …

On the threshold of a new year

Posted on December 21, 2017 by Tom Healy

Tom Healy, Director NERI
On the threshold of a new year, the Nevin Economic Research Institute continues its work on a number of key fronts including a special focus, this year, on enterprise development.  For too long, there has been an absence of focussed research on the reasons for why native enterprises, here, have generally been nowhere as successful when it comes to global markets as other enterprises have been.  …

Brexit: Round 1

Posted on December 08, 2017 by Tom Healy

Tom Healy, Director NERI
Progress was made last week in relation to the preparation for Brexit and, in particular, the unique and special circumstances of Northern Ireland.  A careful and considered reading of “Joint report from the negotiators of the European Union and the United Kingdom Government on progress during phase 1 of negotiations under Article 50 TEU on the United Kingdom's orderly withdrawal from the …

Brexit and Ireland: an unholy trinity of options

Posted on November 24, 2017 by Tom Healy

Tom Healy, Director NERI
As the heat rises in the run-up to Christmas on the Brexit front we are looking into the barrel of The Great British-Irish Trilemma.  There are no safe places to hide here and no amount of palaver and fudge will duck the key issue.  Minister for Foreign Affairs, Simon Coveney puts it succinctly and accurately like this: The Government in London has repeatedly outlined three ambitions which …

O happy days?

Posted on November 17, 2017 by Tom Healy

Tom Healy, Director NERI
Many (most?) listeners of an early morning news might be forgiven, last week, for wanting to climb under the blankets when they might have thought they heard: ‘house prices could rise by over 20% in the next three years in the Republic of Ireland - but don’t worry, housing remains and will remain affordable – on average’.  As luck had it, the same morning featured the latest data on …

Will life be better or worse for this generation?

Posted on November 10, 2017 by Tom Healy

Tom Healy, Director NERI
A simple question but a hard one to answer. First, how do we measure notions of ‘better’, ‘worse’, ‘good’ … ? Second, which countries, generations and points in time do we compare? Third, how do we know what the future will hold for anyone or most people? However, just because it is a hard question should not deter us from considering various aspects of it. the fact that the …

Halloween, plastic-eating chicks and the circular economy

Posted on October 27, 2017 by Tom Healy

Tom Healy, Director NERI
“By 2050, there will be more plastic in the oceans than fish, entangling sea creatures and trapping them, mimicking their food, and releasing toxins that poison them: marine turtles feed on plastic bags because they float in the ocean like jellyfish. Alabtrosses, those vast ocean-going birds, are bringing belly-fulls of plastic instead of squid back to their nests to feed their chicks. The …

Ophelia, Kondratiev and Monday Mornings

Posted on October 20, 2017 by Tom Healy

Tom Healy, Director NERI
Last Monday morning, I looked out the window and it was calm and sunny in the part of Ireland where I was. ‘What storm’? I mumbled.  A few hours later made all the difference. Economists are very good at explaining what happened. Lots of econometrics and fitted regression lines work wonders. We are less good at predicting what is going to happen and when. Weather forecasters can make good …

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