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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.

What is a prudent fiscal space?

Posted on November 29, 2015 by Tom Healy

Tom Healy, Director NERI
One of the impacts of the recent economic crisis is that new expressions have been added to the English language, as spoken here. One such example is ‘fiscal space’. When the economy is growing there is, at one and the same time, more demand for public services (more school pupils and more demand for health services for examlpe) as well as less demand for other public services (when there are …

Posted in: Government SpendingInvestmentTaxation

Why Northern Ireland needs a real fresh economic start

Posted on November 18, 2015 by Tom Healy

Tom Healy, Director NERI
While economic recovery is evident in both jurisdictions there has been a worrying acceleration in job losses in Northern Ireland with some very significant losses expected in JTI Galagher and Michelin Tyres, both in Ballymena as well as 100 job losses in the US Engineering company, Caterpillar.  Reflecting trends elsewhere in the retail sector, Dunnes Stores have announced a closure of part of …

Posted in: Northern Ireland Taxation

Economic uncertainty

Posted on November 13, 2015 by Tom Healy

Tom Healy, Director NERI
(this blog was composed prior to the recent tragic events in Paris. My thoughts and prayer are with the people of France and all nations suffering from acts of war and terror).   Best of Times? was the title of a book published by researchers at the ESRI in the summer of 2007.  The book followed on from another work published in 2000 entitled ‘Bust to Boom? The Irish experience of growth and …

The fiscal implications of Irish unity

Posted on November 06, 2015 by Tom Healy

Tom Healy, Director NERI
For a long time Irish history was marked by a surprising degree of consensus in favour of a united Ireland – whether as a united and politically independent island or as part of the United Kingdom.  Since 1922, there has been a marked lack of consensus about where Northern Ireland’s future lies. Partition reflects that lack of consensus. Economists are seriously at a disadvantage if they …

Posted in: Northern Ireland

Sustainable pensions in Northern Ireland

Posted on November 02, 2015 by Tom Healy

Tom Healy, Director NERI
In a previous Monday Blog I discussed some issues in relation to ageing population and future pension provision in the Republic of Ireland (Living Long and Living Well?). This Blog focuses on Northern Ireland where many of the same patterns, concerns and long-term questions arise. Currently there are 300,000 persons in receipt of the State Pension in Northern Ireland.  Population projections …

Posted in: Living wageNorthern Ireland

Budgeting for the future

Posted on October 14, 2015 by Tom Healy

Tom Healy, Director NERI
The proposed budget for 2016 (Republic of Ireland) will go for approval by the relevant European authorities in the coming weeks. One can expect a favourable outcome from that quarter albeit with a caution that the Government ought to be spending less and paying down more of the national debt. In many respects the ‘budget’ is modelled on an annual Westminster Treasury outing involving an …

Living long and living well?

Posted on October 12, 2015 by Tom Healy

Tom Healy, Director NERI
It is widely accepted that the issue of pensions is a boring subject.  Curiously, interest in pensions is found to be highly correlated with age so that someone starting out in paid work in their 20’s regards the matter as remote, distant and … boring.  In any case the proportion of new hires and entrants to the labour market from among recent school leavers or graduates with some pension …

Posted in: Income

A roof over your head

Posted on October 02, 2015 by Tom Healy

Tom Healy, Director NERI
A roof over one’s head and a safe, comfortable and healthy place that can be called home is a fundamental human right. Just as the issue of land was a central social concern and point of conflict in 19 th century Ireland, the question of accommodation was central to the social movement associated with the rise of trade unionism in the early years of the last century. Much of the social protest …

Posted in: Government SpendingInvestmentLiving wage

The rising cost of health

Posted on September 25, 2015 by Tom Healy

Tom Healy, Director NERI
Human health is the number one priority for people. Living a healthy life and enjoying well-being of mind and health of body is something that we all aspire to. Public policy can play a vital role in informing, equipping and resourcing people to achieve better health.  As Irish society ages there will be increased demand for health services including provision of acute or high-dependency care …

Inequality and Budget 2016

Posted on September 20, 2015 by Tom Healy

Tom Healy, Director NERI
After an interlude the idea of economic inequality is back on the agenda. A combination of events, observable trends and, more recently, the published works of economists such as Thomas Piketty, Tony Atkinson and Richard Wilkinson have helped put the spotlight on the question of social inequality. That inequality matters is becoming less controversial among commentators and politicians. That we …

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