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Recent data has indicated that the level of unemployment in Northern Ireland has surpassed that of the UK as a whole. This is worrying news, but it is also not a full picture of the labour market in Northern Ireland. The unemployment rate does not count those who are underemployed, those who are in...
While in the rest of Europe the share of unemployed who have been searching for work for over a year is stabilising, in Ireland it continues to increase. As total unemployment rates have increased across Europe the proportion of total unemployed who are long-term unemployed has increased especially...
Despite its relevance to various public policy issues, information on the levels and distribution of earnings in the Republic of Ireland is limited. Over the next year the NERI plans to address this deficit with research examining incomes and earnings in Ireland based on data from the CSO's Survey...
An article in the current edition of the CPSU's Aontas Magazine by Dr Micheál Collins (NERI) highlights the most recent CSO data on income in Ireland. In particular, the article notes the CSO's findings on the distribution of disposable income - the money households have in their pocket to spend...
The impact of the recession has been pronounced on the domestic economy. An insight into its impact on households can be established using the latest income data from the CSO's Survey on Income and Living Conditions (SILC). In the latest edition of the NERI's Quarterly Economic Facts, indicator 4.3a...
In searching for solutions to the unemployment crisis, it can be tempting to look for cheap solutions to solve the problem. One idea is that if we cut social welfare, then the unemployed would have an incentive to look for work. As shown by indicator 2.6 of the Quarterly Economic Facts, Eurostat...
The idea of an investment stimulus got a boost last week. Though people may disagree over the extent to which this is 'new money', it shows that at the very least, the government want to be seen to be pro-investment stimulus. Coincidentally, this week I presented a working paper which uses the...
Being in work, or taking up work, incurs additional costs on households and individuals. Depending on circumstances, additional needs arise regarding travel, fuel, personal costs and childcare among others. While the existence of these additional costs is regularly cited, it is rarely quantified and...
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