Economics Analysis

14th November 2019

Blockchain and the Future of the Financial Industry

John Whelan argues that the application of blockchain technology in the financial industry must focus on three areas simultaneously: technology, demand and compliance.
9th September 2019

The Future of the EU 27 Post-Brexit: A German Industry Perspective

Keynote address outlining the strategic importance of a stable European Union for the export-oriented German economy and the priorities of German business in the upcoming Brexit negotiations.
5th July 2019

An EU Budget for the Future – The Road Ahead

Gert-Jan Koopman discusses the European Commission’s proposal for a long-term budget that focuses on the rule of law, less red tape and budgetary agility to cope with emerging challenges.
1st July 2019

New Technologies and big data: what potential for the agri-food sector?”

Vladimír Šucha considers drivers and barriers to the use of new digital technologies in the agri-food sector and the next Common Agricultural Policy
1st July 2019

Currency, Credit and Crisis: Central Banking in Ireland and Europe

The IIEA hosts the launch of a new book by Patrick Honohan, entitled Currency, Credit and Crisis: Central Banking in Ireland and Europe. Paschal Donohoe T.D., Minister for Finance & Public Expenditure and Reform, launches the book
13th June 2019

The 2019 European Semester: Future Jobs, Investments and Growth for Ireland and Europe

This joint IIEA and European Commission seminar discusses the Country Specific Recommendations in the context of an increased focus on inclusive growth and the economy of the future.
12th June 2019

The Elephant in the Room: The Free Movement of Services and Brexit

In the Brexit debate, there has been relatively little focus on the issue of services, which make up about three quarters of the UK’s economic output. How might Brexit impact on this vitally important, and growing, sector? This IIEA paper, by Gavin Barrett, Professor of Law at the Sutherland School of Law, University College Dublin, aims to address this question, and to focus attention on an issue that is, and will continue to be, of key importance in the years and decades after Brexit has taken place.
3rd May 2019

Financing the Green New Deal

Ann Pettifor argues that only with progressive, collective, Europe-wide alliances can we tackle the linked threats of climate change, financial crises, and far-right authoritarianism.

Economics Publications

30th October 2018

Cut to The Chase: US Corporate Tax Reform – The Implications for Ireland

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act was signed into law by US President Donald Trump on 22 December 2017. Given the substantial presence of US multinational companies in Ireland, the changes to the US tax code could have significant implications for the Irish economy. In this paper, Professor Frank Barry of Trinity College Dublin outlines the history of corporate tax policy in Ireland and the US and discusses how the systems interacted up to the time of the recent changes. The likely implications of the new US tax regime for inward FDI in Ireland are also considered.
6th October 2017

UK Election Results and Economic Prospects

This briefing note, by IIEA Senior Fellow, Tony Brown, summarises recent developments in the UK and presents a snapshot of the British political and economic state of play since the election on 8 June 2017.
30th June 2017

New Ideas – France, Germany and the Future of the Euro Area

This IIEA policy brief examines and compares the reforms proposed by French President Emmanuel Macron and by the European Commission to solidify and strengthen the European economy. It analyses the prospects for a renewed Franco-German alliance and concludes by focusing on the potential implications of a restructured euro area for Ireland.
7th April 2017

Capital Constraints – Balancing the EU Fiscal Rules with Ireland’s Capital Investment Needs

This IIEA policy briefing, Capital Constraints: Balancing the EU Fiscal Rules with Ireland’s Capital Investment, examines the main arguments that have been made as to whether or not fiscal rules contain an anti-investment bias that deters governments from pursuing large public spending projects. It also outlines a number of the alternative proposals put forward to incentivise capital expenditure within a rules based fiscal framework. This is a topic of particular relevance and importance to Ireland, which saw public capital expenditure cut significantly following the global financial crisis and subsequent sovereign debt crisis in Europe, and which has a particular need for public investment because of its fast growing economy and emerging demographic pressures.
17th February 2016

European Recovery Project

Economic growth in the developed world has been slowing for decades. The Great Recession and the Euro crisis have further depressed Europe’s performance. In this paper, Dan O’Brien explores trends in the continent’s economic performance and suggests possible remedies. Despite the considerable uncertainties that exist around all policy options, he proposes a “Grand Bargain” to include a range of measures favoured across the political spectrum. Such a radical and wide-ranging response could push the European economy onto a higher growth trajectory.

Economics Past Events

25th March 2019

The Long and Winding Road: Franco-German Relations

In her keynote address, Emily Mansfield explores how far we can expect Franco-German cooperation to go, in the context of the Gilets Jaunes protests and the national debate in France, and Angela Merkel’s last term in Germany.
8th March 2019

A Tale of Two Tails – Risks and Resilience in Uncertain Times

Deputy Governor Donnery addresses how domestic macro-financial policy needs to promote sufficient resilience to withstand the risks facing the Irish economy and financial system.
27th February 2019

A Year of Change: Risks and Opportunities for the European Project

In his keynote address to the IIEA, Minister Le Maire offers his insights on the current issues in French and European economic policy.
20th February 2019

The European Commission’s Action Plans for a More Sustainable and Innovative Financial System

Olivier Guersent, Director-General of DG FISMA in the European Commission, discusses the future of sustainable finance and fintech in the EU.