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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.

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 …

Social and economic investment holds the key

Posted on August 06, 2015 by Tom Healy

Tom Healy, Director NERI
Spending on productive capacity includes not just ‘bricks and mortar’ but all those resources that give rise to socially useful results over time. Spend today and reap a return in the future: this is the logic of investment. It can cover investment in education and skills as well as investment in knowledge and, of course, machinery, building, lands and equipment.  Not all forms of investment …

Posted in: Government SpendingInvestmentJobs

Monday Blog—Review of 2013

Posted on July 31, 2015 by Tom Healy

This week's blog looks back at articles from 2013: Title Date Main Keyword Other Keywords Economic Development with a purpose 23-DecVisionTaxation, Public spending, Jobs Where to now (Post-Troika)? 16-DecDomestic economyTaxation, Vision, Jobs A Modest Proposal 09-DecInvestmentJobs, Domestic economy Anglo-Irish Bank is dead. Long live its debt? 02-DecDebtDomestic economy Are we over-spending? …

Monday Blog—Review of 2014

Posted on July 27, 2015 by Tom Healy

This week's blog looks back at articles from 2014: Topic Date Main Keyword Other Keywords Ageing well 22-DecDemographicsPensions, Social wage The Wages Elephant is in the Domestic Parlour 15-DecWagesMacro economy, Social wage Imagining a different society 08-DecVisionInvestment, Social wage Things you always wanted to know about Northern Ireland public finances (Part 2) 01-DecGovernment …

Posted in: Government SpendingIncomeInequalityInvestmentJobsLiving wageMacroeconomicsTaxationWages

Monday Blog—Review of 2015 so far

Posted on July 20, 2015 by Tom Healy

I am on leave for the next few weeks, so this Monday blog recaps on the topics covered over the opening half of the year.  Topic Date Main Keyword Other Keywords An economy that works for the people 13 July  Vision Taxation, Social wage, Investment Emigration has taken its toll 6 July  Emigration Demography, Young workers, Social capital First principle: Do no harm 29 June  Welfare Equity, …

An economy that works for the people

Posted on July 12, 2015 by Tom Healy

Tom Healy, Director NERI
An economy that works is one that enables workers, their families and communities to not only survive but flourish and prosper in the widest sense that no measure of GDP or income can adequately capture.   But, a society is more than the sum of individuals or households and a properly functioning economy is one where people have not only the theoretical right to employment, a living income and …

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