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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.

'These truths we hold to be self-evident...'

Posted on April 25, 2015 by Tom Healy

Tom Healy, Director NERI
‘These things we hold to be self-evident …. ‘ is a line taken from the 1776 USA Declaration of Independence.  Given the emerging debate  - such as it is – in the Republic of Ireland on matters to do with taxation, social spending and related areas it would seem that the following ten canonical statements are universally believed in, rarely contested and frequently asserted: ‘Ireland …

Posted in: Government SpendingIncomeInequalityInvestmentJobsLabour costsMacroeconomicsTaxationWages

Triangulating pay, taxes and the 'social wage'

Posted on April 18, 2015 by Tom Healy

Tom Healy, Director NERI
[The following is an extract from a speech given recently at the Annual Delegate Conference of the Public Service Executive Union - PSEU]   It is urgent that evidence is brought to bear on important political and social debates. It is also important that those issues and questions that are neglected are given attention. The NERI is involved at a number of areas of research: -       …

Northern Ireland has taken greatest hit on living standards

Posted on April 11, 2015 by Tom Healy

Tom Healy, Director NERI
A key issue in the run-up to the UK General Election has been changes in living standards. While economics is not everything in the universe, the level and change in living standards is a very important factor in shaping the climate of public opinion. Not just the level and change in living standards but the understandings about what happened and why and expectations about what should happen in …

Education at the cutting edge of a new vision

Posted on April 04, 2015 by Tom Healy

Tom Healy, Director NERI
[Text of address to be given at Irish National Teachers Organisation Annual Conference in Ennis, Co Clare, on 6 April 2015] Easter week marks the time when many education related organisations hold their annual gathering. It is an occasion of discussion, meetings, announcements, statements, sometimes protests but very often renewed resolve. Those involved in education whether as parents, …

TTIP - the best thing since the invention of sliced pan bread?

Posted on March 29, 2015 by Tom Healy

Sliced Bread
There is widespread official support for the Transatlantic Trade, Investment Partnership (TTIP) across European member states – especially in the Republic of Ireland where the level of enthusiasm and zeal for promoting TTIP exceeds that of other member states. TTIP is seen as a saving grace to pull the European economy forward especially in the context of public spending constraints. (See a …

We never had it so good?

Posted on March 21, 2015 by Tom Healy

Tom Healy, Director NERI
Some years ago, during the Roaring Celtic Tiger period, I had occasion to attend a conference which treated the idea and measurement of Human Well-Being. Speaking to a former Taoiseach who had just joined the proceedings, I informed him that the participants were not entirely sure if life was getting better or worse. He responded by declaring: ‘It’s both’. Hint: he was an economist.  Over …

It's all about choices

Posted on March 14, 2015 by Tom Healy

Tom Healy, Director NERI
With a general election in the Republic of Ireland looming sometime between now and this time next year it is timely to consider what choices and policy options are appropriate. The Nevin Economic Research Institute is not associated with any political party or platform. Our job is to undertake economic research informed by the evidence. However, we are interested in how economic policy will …

From Strabane to Strangford Lough

Posted on March 07, 2015 by Tom Healy

Tom Healy, Director NERI
Northern Ireland rests on a very precarious political balance involving internal community relations, external relationships, social well-being and economic progress. In terms of overall size of the economy, including public spending, it accounts for a relatively small slice of the total UK picture. Yet, as a regional economy and polity it is highly vulnerable to fiscal, political and economic …

Posted in: Government SpendingInvestmentNorthern Ireland Taxation

A wage recovery

Posted on February 27, 2015 by Tom Healy

Tom Healy, Director NERI
In the last year the Central Bank has urged trade unions to raise their wage demands. What? Yes it did happen. But not here. The German Central Bank, the Bundesbank, urged German trade unions to up their wage demands – at least above the rate of inflation (the message was relayed through Jens Ulbrich the Bundesbank chief economist at the Bank). Somehow, it is unlikely that Dame Street (or …

Posted in: IncomeLabour costsWages

Unlearning 'economics'

Posted on February 21, 2015 by Tom Healy

Tom Healy, Director NERI
Economics has been described as a ‘science’. A ‘science’ is a body of knowledge and methods which uses evidence and measurement linked to the exercise of testing, repeating and predicting. Most first-year students of ‘economics’ will be taught that it is a ‘positive’ science in the sense that it establishes ‘what is’ rather than ‘what ought to be’ (the latter being being …

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