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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.

The economics of aye or nay

Posted on August 01, 2014 by Tom Healy

Tom Healy, Director NERI
Adam Smith, a Scottish political economist and philosopher of the 18th century is famous for having written The Wealth of Nations. He is less well known for having written an important work entitled The Theory of Moral Sentiment. The latter work is a very important contribution to moral and political economy.  The outcome of the referendum on the proposed political independence of Scotland on …

Après Piketty

Posted on June 27, 2014 by Tom Healy

Tom Healy, Director NERI
In scenes slightly reminiscent of the papal visit to Ireland in 1979 the departure of what the media has styled ‘rockstar’ Thomas Piketty has left a curious void.  Was it a temporary mid-summer event to fete the fascinating and seductive ideas of a left-leaning French economist while regretting all the time ‘but that would never work here because ….’?  We belong to a world where tax …

Posted in: Inequality

US-EU trade deal (TTIP): separating the baby from the bathwater

Posted on June 21, 2014 by Tom Healy

Tom Healy, Director NERI
Trade and investment across regions and continents can be good for people. It can raise levels of productivity, create jobs and encourage global cooperation to the betterment of all. Better to make trade than war especially when it comes to food, energy, medicines and the many goods and services that were undreamt of in previous generations. But not all trade and investment is good. History is …

Piketty on inequality

Posted on June 14, 2014 by Tom Healy

Tom Healy, Director NERI
''It is hard to imagine an economy and a society that can continue functioning indefinitely with such extreme divergence between social groups” – so writes Thomas Piketty on page 297 of ‘Capital the 21st Century’. The book is a serious read but not beyond the reach of most readers. It is very well written and accessible. I counted only a handful of mathematical equations in all throughout …

Posted in: IncomeInequality

Some data on public sector pensions in the Republic of Ireland

Posted on June 08, 2014 by Tom Healy

Tom Healy, Director NERI
The Government in the Republic of Ireland spends just over €3 billion a year on pensions to retired public servants (or their spouses). This represents approximately 2% of GDP, 6% of total ‘voted’ public expenditure or 16% of the total public service payroll. These payments are made to persons who had worked as civil servants, teachers, nurses, guards, local authority staff, health service …

Posted in: Government SpendingWages

Tábhacht Postanna, Pá, Tithe

Posted on June 03, 2014 by Tom Healy

Tom Healy, Director NERI
An príomh rud atá in easnamh sa tír seo faoi láthair ná dóchas – dóchas atá bunaithe ar fhírinní agus ar fhéidireachtaí na sochaí. Tá teipeadh le straitéis na déine san Eoraip. Tá an tuarascáil is nua ag an gcomissiún Eorpach  Ní thugann an cháipéis aon tuarthaí nua dóchas agus athrú bunúsach do phobal na hEorpa. Níl an ráiteas bunaithe ar na fíricí ó thaobh dí …

Posted in: Government SpendingInvestmentTaxationWages

Jobs, Wages, Homes

Posted on May 30, 2014 by Tom Healy

Tom Healy, Director NERI
Following 6 years of declining or stagnant living standards many people are wondering what the future holds. The gathering crisis of accommodation and social housing has caught many by surprise. While there has been a welcome pick up in employment and a very modest fall in unemployment these changes are tentative and it remains to be seen how fast we can move towards single-digit unemployment …

Posted in: Government SpendingInvestmentJobsTaxationWages

State Development Bank welcome

Posted on May 25, 2014 by Tom Healy

Tom Healy, Director NERI
The announcement in Dublin, last week, by Government of the establishment of a Strategic Banking Corporation of Ireland (SBCI) is a very welcome development. The timescale for its establishment, its mode of operation and delivery and the scale and impact of that delivery will be vital to an assessment of the impact of SBCI. The Programme for Government agreed in 2011 by the incoming Government …

Posted in: Investment

Universal Private Health Insurance: Terms & Conditions will apply

Posted on May 17, 2014 by Tom Healy

Tom Healy, Director NERI
Recently the Government in the Republic of Ireland issued a White Paper on Universal Health Insurance. In it, the Government states: ‘it has set out an ambitious plan for the most far-reaching and fundamental reform of our health system since the foundation of the State.’ It describes the proposed reform of the health service as involving an end to the current ‘deeply unfair and highly …

Posted in: Government SpendingInequalityTaxation

We have a problem on low skills and we need to talk about it

Posted on May 09, 2014 by Tom Healy

Tom Healy, Director NERI
Have you difficulties reading and understanding your telephone bill? How will you fare on the forthcoming Water charges bill if you live in the Republic of Ireland? Today, on the island of Ireland, there are approximately one million adults with serious challenges in relation to reading and the understanding of text including interpretation of numerical information. According to the latest adult …

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