Economics Analysis

The Institute’s wide-ranging Economics Programme provides a platform for members to inform debate on the pressing economic issues of the day such as developments in international taxation and trade, the future of the Economic and Monetary Union (EMU), the changing regulatory landscape of the financial services sector and the growth of green and sustainable finance.

16th September 2020

The Impact of COVID-19 on Sustainable Economics and International Climate Policies

Professor Edenhofer examines the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on sustainable economics and climate policies. He explains how a ‘European Fund for Climate Protection’ would safeguard climate investments.
9th June 2020

How will Brexit impact Irish Freight Movements?

This blog by Tom Ferris looks at some of the implications for Ireland’s freight movements after the United Kingdom ends its post-Brexit ‘transitional’ relationship with the EU
13th May 2020

Judging the Eurozone: The Role of National Courts and the European Court of Justice in adjudicating on Europe’s Economic and Monetary Union

This paper identifies characteristics and trends in European Court of Justice and national court rulings relating to the functioning and evolution of the Eurozone.
13th May 2020

Compliance & COVID-19: Reforming EU Fiscal Rules

The purpose of this blog is to examine the state of play regarding changes to fiscal rules in the context of the ongoing debate surrounding Economic Governance Reform in the EU & the COVID-19 Crisis.
7th May 2020

Green Central Banking: Options for the ECB on Climate Change

This paper outlines several possible options for the ECB to be a major catalyst for climate action both through its monetary policy and regulatory decisions.
6th May 2020

After COVID-19, the Irish Economy faces huge challenges

COVID-19 is having a dramatic impact on Ireland. This blog examines the Irish Government’s response to date, and considers the challenge of designing public policies to manage the reopen-ing of the economy.
24th April 2020

Between Rhetoric and Action: German Leadership in the EU’s Economic Response

This briefing paper examines the evolution of the debate in Germany around the EU’s economic response to coronavirus and reflects on the challenges facing Germany in brokering a compromise between other EU leaders.

Economics Publications

13th May 2020

Judging the Eurozone: The Role of National Courts and the European Court of Justice in adjudicating on Europe’s Economic and Monetary Union

Much of the EU’s constitutional evolution from the foundation of the single currency two decades ago to the present day has centred on Economic and Monetary Union (EMU). In the years following the onset of the sovereign debt and banking crises in the EU, the European Court of Justice (ECJ) was regularly called into action to adjudicate on matters pertaining to EMU, with important consequences for our present moment. In this research paper, Professor Gavin Barrett of the UCD Sutherland School of Law notes that crisis-era ECJ rulings concerning general Eurozone developments necessitated rapid constitutional development of the EU’s legal and institutional frameworks. For example, the ECJ upheld the establishment of the European Stability Mechanism (ESM) in Pringle and confirmed the legality of the ECB’s Outright Monetary Transactions programme in Gauweiler.
2nd December 2019

Greening the European Investment Bank

The European Investment Bank (EIB) is an important actor in the EU’s efforts to transition to carbon neutrality by 2050. In response to calls from the European Council and European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen, the EIB has committed to scaling up its climate-related activities in order to become the EU’s dedicated climate bank. This briefing examines the EIB’s recent activities in support of climate action and considers the Bank’s capacity to finance the green transition in the EU.
5th April 2019

Ireland and the Changing Global Foreign Direct Investment Landscape

In this paper for the IIEA, Frank Barry discusses five major developments in the external FDI landscape with a focus on their implications for the Irish economy.  
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.

Economics Past Events

14th February 2020

Accelerating Investment in Structural Transformation

Laurence Boone argues that rethinking fiscal policy and addressing the challenges raised by digitalisation, climate change and inequality all have the potential to lift global investment and living standards.
6th February 2020

Risks and Resilience in the Financial System: A German Perspective

Claudia M. Buch discusses the vulnerabilities in the German financial system, the risks that could expose these vulnerabilities, and the resilience of the financial system.
16th January 2020

Ireland: A Model of Substance

Danny McCoy examines how the scale of the business footprint in Ireland can underpin productivity rather than diminish competitiveness through greater public-private partnerships and a new social contract.
4th December 2019

Global Economic Developments: Implications for Budgetary Policy in Ireland

The IIEA hosts a major keynote address by Paschal Donohoe TD, Minister for Finance & Public Expenditure and Reform.