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Productivity matters for everyone

factory
In recent years one economic trend in particular has become increasingly important for policymakers across most western economies and that is productivity. It has become such a significant issue because while most other economic metrics eventually began to recover following the 2008 crash...

Monday Blog: On the threshold of a new year

On the threshold of a new year, the Nevin Economic Research Institute continues its work on a number of key fronts including a special focus, this year, on enterprise development. For too long, there has been an absence of focussed research on the reasons for why native enterprises, here, have...

Monday Blog: Brexit Round 1

Progress was made last week in relation to the preparation for Brexit and, in particular, the unique and special circumstances of Northern Ireland. A careful and considered reading of “Joint report from the negotiators of the European Union and the United Kingdom Government on progress during phase...

Monday Blog: Brexit and Ireland: an unholy trinity of options

As the heat rises in the run-up to Christmas on the Brexit front we are looking into the barrel of The Great British-Irish Trilemma. There are no safe places to hide here and no amount of palaver and fudge will duck the key issue. Minister for Foreign Affairs, Simon Coveney puts it succinctly and...

Monday Blog: O happy days?

Many (most?) listeners of an early morning news might be forgiven, last week, for wanting to climb under the blankets when they might have thought they heard: ‘house prices could rise by over 20% in the next three years in the Republic of Ireland - but don’t worry, housing remains and will remain...

Interest Rates: Don't move too soon

Sterling notes
Interest rates have been making the headlines in recent weeks, as speculation mounts about a possible change in policy this Thursday. In the UK the Bank of England base rate has been at an all-time low for almost 10 years. Monetary policy has been very loose since the Great Financial Crash of 2008...