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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.

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 …

Corbyneconomics and Northern Ireland

Posted on September 12, 2015 by Tom Healy

Tom Healy, Director NERI
The election of a new leader to the UK Labour Party signals a potentially important milestone. Many see this development in extremely negative terms while others see it as a welcome break in thinking and policy not only in the UK but across Europe. Whatever readers may think of Corbyneconomics or Cobynpolitics at home or abroad the force of the ideas behind Corbyn needs to be understood and taken …

Posted in: Northern Ireland

Good news for a change - but now is the time to invest

Posted on September 04, 2015 by Tom Healy

Tom Healy, Director NERI
At the end of August the Central Statistics Office in the Republic of Ireland published three timely and telling statistical releases: the Earnings, Hours and Employment Costs Survey (EHECS), the Quarterly National Household Survey (QNHS) and the Annual Population and Migration Estimates.  QHNS provides data on the numbers in employment while EHECS provides data on earnings from employment by …

Northern Ireland at a crossroads

Posted on August 29, 2015 by Tom Healy

Tom Healy, Director NERI
In recent weeks Northern Ireland has been more to the fore in the news in the Republic of Ireland, As a general rule you know that the economy and society of Northern Ireland are not in such bad shape when they seem to disappear from the news in southern Ireland. The troubles were a regular daily reporting item there throughout the 1970s and 1980s. A gradual breakout of peace and a rising …

How precarious is new work?

Posted on August 24, 2015 by Tom Healy

Tom Healy, Director NERI
Suppose you plan to take out a bank loan or mortgage … the first question you will be asked relates to your salary slip or income statement. But, what if you don’t know for sure what your income is next week let alone next year? Many self-employed workers find themselves in this situation. And, a growing number of employees are also living in situations of uncertainty and precariousness not …

Posted in: Jobs

UK 'Living Wage' move announced

Posted on August 14, 2015 by Tom Healy

Tom Healy, Director NERI
It is estimated that around 166,700 employees, or 23% of the total in Northern Ireland earned below £7.20 per hour in April 2014.  On the face of it, UK Chancellor, George Osborne's announcement that the UK minimum wage would rise to £7.20 by next year is good news for many of these workers. In the most recent UK budget the Government has committed itself to the gradual implementation of a …

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