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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.

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 …

Voilà la différence

Posted on February 14, 2015 by Tom Healy

Tom Healy, Director NERI
As you ponder last Saturday’s match between France and Ireland you might consider some of the striking differences in both parts of the world. The culture, institutions and politics of France are very different to those in Ireland where, to some extent, the political culture has been shaped by the neighbouring island as well as the complex questions raised by national identity and affiliation …

An even more modest proposal

Posted on February 06, 2015 by Tom Healy

Tom Healy, Director NERI
Events on the European stage are moving fast as the new Greek Government continues to play a blinder on the question of European debt.  The eyes of Europe and the world are on Greece. The stakes are very high and this could go very well or very badly for Europe as events and talks play out over the coming months.  Behind the developing political situation is the hard work of professional …

Riches and Poverty

Posted on February 01, 2015 by Tom Healy

Tom Healy, Director NERI
Two statistical releases from the Central Statistics Office in recent weeks did not attract as much public attention as deserved. One report concerns trends and distribution of income (EU Survey of Income and Living Conditions) while the other concerns the level and distribution of wealth in Ireland. The latter was released under the title of the ‘Household Finance and Consumption Survey’ and …

Posted in: InequalityWages

The beginning of the unwinding of a European tragedy?

Posted on January 26, 2015 by Tom Healy

Tom Healy, Director NERI
While the results of the general election in Greece are not known at the time of writing this Blog, it is clear that the tectonic plates of political affiliation and sentiment are shifting dramatically almost everywhere. The unthinkable suddenly becomes thinkable and the thinkable becomes irrelevant. Where market sentiment rules popular sentiment offers a counter weight.  Echoes of this are …

Posted in: Macroeconomics

Did austerity work?

Posted on January 18, 2015 by Tom Healy

Tom Healy, Director NERI
Fiscal austerity is the topic of a conference being held today in Dublin. The question is asked: did austerity work in Ireland? A key consideration is not what might have happened if the fiscal consolidation had not been done, but, if it had been done differently with no cuts to public capital investment, minimal cuts to current spending and significant increases to revenue especially that …

Posted in: Government SpendingMacroeconomicsTaxation

Health crisis, taxation and wage inequality - is there a link?

Posted on January 10, 2015 by Tom Healy

Tom Healy, Director NERI
Overcrowded A&E, lack of nursing home places, seasonal factors, under-investment in community health, emergencies in public mental health services, large classes, limited public childcare supports, limited public transport, rural areas under pressure, homelessness growing visibly on the streets every night, a direct provision system that will be the subject of high-level apologies in the …

Joining up the dots

Posted on January 02, 2015 by Tom Healy

Tom Healy, Director NERI
As a new year beckons it is time to take stock. Following a winter of civic protests and what is hopefully the beginning of the end of fiscal austerity (for now), hopes have lifted and recovery seems to be around the corner - at least for some. But, nobody can be sure what lies ahead - politically, socially, economically whether here in Ireland or across Europe and the world. The speed at which …

Some research highlights from 2014

Posted on December 28, 2014 by Tom Healy

Tom Healy, Director NERI
The year draws to a close and a new year begins. The Nevin Economic Research Institute was established in 2012 with the support of 24 trade unions in Ireland. Since its establishment the Institute has published a large number of research working papers and other material which can be viewed on this website. Some of the outputs in the course of this year include: NERI input to the estimation for …

Ageing well

Posted on December 19, 2014 by Tom Healy

Tom Healy, Director NERI
Economics may be viewed as a dismal science but what do you make of the following biblical passage: ‘Our days may come to seventy years, or eighty, if our strength endures; yet the best of them are but trouble and sorrow, for they quickly pass, and we fly away’ (Psalm 90:10). Economists might sense some affinity with the psalmist!  The topic of ageing exercises the minds of economists, …

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