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Ideas drive behaviour. In societies the dominant ideas reflect many competing interests and value systems. What values guide economic activity and public policy in Ireland today? In An Ireland Worth Working For – Towards a new democratic programme, I propose three ‘big ideas’ to guide policy...
‘It shall be the first duty of the Government of the Republic to make provision for the physical, mental and spiritual well-being of the children, to secure that no child shall suffer hunger or cold from lack of food, clothing, or shelter.’ So reads the revised Democratic Programme of January 1919...
Later today, Monday 15th April, the Nevin Economic Research Institute along with New Island Books will launch An Ireland Worth Working For: Towards a new democratic programme. This book is about the future of Ireland – its economy and society and its people. It sets out a vision for the whole of...
Not knowing how or when or what is part of the human condition. The Brexit process has reminded us of this especially as ‘deadlines’ and ‘agreements’ are pushed out and out. If we have learned one thing through the process it is that nothing is agreed until all is agreed and that all or most of...
On the surface, the most recent release of labour market figures paints a very positive picture for Northern Ireland. Unemployment is low and employment is at an all-time high. Economic inactivity remains a serious structural problem for Northern Ireland, however the problem does appear to be slowly...
In the latest NERI inBrief I outline some of the main concepts and principles that policymakers can use as part of a framework for generating sustainable long-run economic growth. We can make a number of points. First, sustainable growth is dependent on continuous productivity gains arising from...
Foreign Direct Investment is something we talk a lot about in Northern Ireland. In terms of the industrial development we actually talk about little else. Getting big multinational firms to invest in Northern Ireland is seen as one of the key avenues to lifting our growth rate and becoming a...
Let me begin this year with a confession. Had the NERI been in existence 11 years ago in January 2008 we might have anticipated an economic slow down rather than the biggest global economic crash since the 1920s. Economists and others, naturally, extrapolate from various trends over the preceding...
The NERI's latest addition to its enterprise project is released today. You can find it on the website here. This working paper will underpin much of our research in 2019. The paper focuses on sustainable and inclusive long-run economic growth. The core idea is that knowledge and new ideas...
As the time left to B-day on the 29th March next shortens, many organisations and individuals are making their own preparations. While a Withdrawal Agreement is far from certain at the time of writing this blog, it does appear that there is a considerable momentum to avoid a 'no-deal' situation as...