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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...
Over the last number of weeks there has been increasing discussion over what the United Kingdom’s immigration policy will be once it leaves the European Union. Despite playing a disproportionately large role in the debate at the time of the referendum, the issue of immigration has since taken a back...
The UK Budget for 2019/20 will be unveiled later today by Chancellor of the Exchequer Philip Hammond. While nearly all recent discussion and debate at Westminster has been consumed by Brexit, the political context for this budget is quite different. Obviously, it will be almost impossible to avoid...
This increased concern over job quality in the UK was initially formalised by Prime Minister Theresa May when she commissioned Matthew Taylor, Chief Executive of the RSA to undertake a review of modern working practices. One of the key recommendations made by the Commission in its report was that...
The Irish Tax Institute does not disappoint. It describes itself as ‘the only professional body exclusively dedicated to tax’. In a way, this is an odd description because readers of its yearly pre- and post-budget documentation may have the impression that tax is an evil, but a necessary one at...