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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.

Innovating and competitive States

Posted on August 27, 2013 by Tom Healy

Tom Healy, Director NERI
Northern Ireland stands out as a region with a relatively large public service as measured by proportion employed or public spending as a proportion of local income. Not infrequently this is cited as grounds for 're-balancing' the public and private sectors by reinvigorating the latter and cutting back on the former (sometimes described as 'bloated' or 'excessive' in Northern Ireland). In a …

We need a change of course and we need it now

Posted on June 27, 2013 by Tom Healy

Tom Healy, Director NERI
While caution is always advisable in examining the latest quarterly data, the release by the Central Statistics Office of the latest quarterly national accounts was something of a wake-up call to those eager for news of a recovery. The Republic of Ireland is in a deep stagnation. The downturn has lasted longer than any period of recession since the 1950s, here. A further contraction in personal …

Posted in: Government SpendingInequalityInvestmentMacroeconomicsTaxation

Investment is still the key

Posted on June 10, 2013 by Tom Healy

Tom Healy, Director NERI
Unemployment is the biggest single problem confronting Europe today. Ireland is no exception. With one in seven out of work, here, and one in four young people either out of work or not in education or training currently we are faced with a huge challenge. President Michael D. Higgins is correct to draw attention to the challenge that this problem poses to the future of European cooperation and …

Posted in: Government SpendingInvestmentJobsMacroeconomics

President gives inaugural Donal Nevin lecture

Posted on May 24, 2013 by Tom Healy

'The work of this Institute, and others like it, is critical in advancing reasoned moral arguments about how the issues of work, employment, unemployment and social security are to be approached' said President Michael D. Higgins at the inaugural Dónal Nevin lecture at the Communications Workers Union HQ in Dublin on Thursday 23rd May. The family of the late Dónal Nevin in whose name the …

If Governments were really only like households

Posted on May 20, 2013 by Tom Healy

Tom Healy, Director NERI
A visitor from outer space might be forgiven for concluding that the only or main economic problem confronting European States was deficit and debts - Government deficits and debts. The corollary of this problem is - of course - austerity to cure the ailment. Or is it? Lets compare the Government deficit to a household with a combined income of €40,000 a year and with a total mortgage and other …

Households and Governments: how they differ

Posted on May 13, 2013 by Tom Healy

Tom Healy, Director NERI
The gap between what the Government in Ireland takes in and what it spends is running at a rate of €1 billion every month. Clearly this is not sustainable in the long-run because it adds to the total amount of debt owed by citizens year after year. The total amount of debt owed by the Government on behalf of taxpayers is now well more than the size of the entire amount of goods and services …

Posted in: Macroeconomics

Where do we go from here?

Posted on April 29, 2013 by Tom Healy

Tom Healy, Director NERI
Public debate about matters of public concern in Ireland has been characterised in a number of ways. I suggest that the following traits may be stronger than elsewhere in the world and could reflect deep and enduring historical factors: There is a disproportionate emphasis on 'survival' with the consequence of a great focus on the short-term over the long-term; Intellectual discourse about …

Posted in: InequalityMacroeconomicsTaxation

Personal Debt Deals

Posted on March 23, 2013 by Tom Healy

Tom Healy, Director NERI
The publication of guidelines in relation to personal insolvency yesterday has at least two positive features: consideration of a living income is very much under debate and this is to be welcome some individuals and households in situations of mortgage or other debt distress are likely to move towards greater certainty in relation to what happens next. it is to be very much hoped that those in …

Passing of Dónal Nevin marked with respect by NERI

Posted on December 16, 2012 by Tom Healy

Donal Nevin
The staff of the Nevin Economic Research Institute (NERI) extend their sympathies to the family of the late Dr Dónal Nevin, scholar, trade unionist and socialist who gave a life of service to the common good. The Institute is named in honour of Dr Nevin. A press release has been issued by the Irish Congress of Trade Unions. A short biography of Dr Nevin may be viewed on the website of the …

Comparing the pay of civil servants - where Ireland stands

Posted on November 05, 2012 by Tom Healy

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Comparisons of the cost of employing staff across countries is challenging. In its publication Government at a Glance, OECD provides comparative data in relation to the earnings and cost of employing certain categories of staff in the General Government sector according to an internationally agreed classification of occupations (ISCO-88). This indicator presents data for just one category – the …

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