Economics Analysis

5th July 2018

How Growth Really Happens

Michael Best argued in this address that to understand how successful growth happens we need an economic framework that focuses on production, governance, and skills.
4th July 2018

Brexit and the Distribution Sector

This is the third in a series of IIEA reports looking at the impact Brexit will have on a range of important sectors for Ireland and the all-island economy.
29th June 2018

France and Germany on Eurozone Reform, From ‘Discretion v. Rules’ to ‘Centralisation v. Inter-governmentalism’.

At the Euro Summit today, Friday 29 June, Leaders of Eurozone countries will discuss the proposed programme of limited reforms agreed by Germany and France at a recent bilateral meeting. It is important for countries such as Ireland to understand changes in the approach of both countries to EMU reform since the crisis.
25th June 2018

Business continuity during political uncertainty

In his address to the IIEA, Paul Drechsler discussed the implications of Brexit for business at the local and national level. He also discussed the CBI’s work in Northern Ireland, and how to strengthen the UK-Ireland business relationship in the future.
25th June 2018

EuroTragedy; A Drama in Nine Acts

In his speech Mr Mody made the point that the Euro has led Europe away from political unity.
19th June 2018

Implementation of the National Development Plan 2018-2027

Robert Watt discussed how the Ten-Year Capital Plan will respond to Ireland’s key international and domestic challenges, and outlined governance arrangements to ensure its implementation.
7th June 2018

The 2018 European Semester: Inclusive Growth and Social Fairness for Ireland and Europe

The theme of the seminar was The 2018 European Semester: Inclusive Growth and Fairness for Ireland and Europe.
6th June 2018

Blockchain: What is it and How Can it Fix the Internet?

The panel discuseds blockchain, how it works and the potential it holds to disrupt many existing internet products and services. They also discussed the opportunities and threats arising out of this, particularly in relation to data privacy and the future of the data driven business model of the internet.

Economics Publications

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.
8th January 2016

Banking Union – Progress and Prospects

In this updated version of the IIEA’s October 2014 book, Pat McArdle, Chair of the IIEA’s Economists Group and Banking Union Group, describes the genesis of the Banking Union proposals in the context of the 2008 finanical crisis; explains Europe’s system of pan-euro area bank supervision and resolution; and assesses the prospects of the Banking Union as it stands. The IIEA is grateful to Bank of Ireland, AIB, Ulster Bank, KPMG and Deloitte, whose support made this report possible. This book was formally launched at the IIEA on 27 November 2015, at the event Reforming Europe’s Financial Sector: Progress and Prospects, with speakers including Pat McArdle, Chair of the IIEA’s Banking Union project; Baroness Sharon Bowles, Former Chair of the European Parliament’s Economic and Monetary Affairs Committee; and Niall Bohan, Head of Unit for Capital Markets Union, of the European Commission.

Economics Past Events

30th May 2018

Rights, Robots and Data in the Age of Artificial Intelligence

Ms Delvaux discussed her report with recommendations to the Commission, on Civil Law Rules for Robotics. She also discussed the EU’s recent progress on this issue, including the European Commission’s call for increased financial and other investment in AI within Europe.
23rd May 2018

The EBA’s role in fostering convergence in regulatory regime

As a consequence of Brexit, the European Banking Authority has moved its headquarters from London to Paris. Executive Director Farkas analysed how Brexit will affect not just the EBA’s location, but also the nature of its role.
20th April 2018

Reconciling risk sharing with market discipline

Prof. Bénassy-Quéré discussed recent attempts by leading academics from France and Germany to overcome the differing approaches towards EMU reform in both countries.
12th April 2018

The German Economic Boom: Sowing the Seeds of Crisis?

Professor Kooths argued that after five years of strong economic growth, the German economy is at risk of overheating.