5 thoughts on “Senior Economist Vacancy at IBEC”

  1. I recall no economic analysis of any utility from IBEC over all the recorded history of economics.

    I do expect them to appoint a lobbyist with a respectable job title, just like banks appoint so called economists to prime the sales channel when they actually have some debt to sell.

  2. Well said 2Pack. +1

    IBEC is a lobby for certain big business. It is not representative of business interests or employers. It is not a think tank. It is represents the interests, views and strategies of its members. As such, its pronouncements should always be questioned and viewed with a jaundiced eye.

    Working as an in-house economist with a public or lobbying role must be very difficult as one necessarily has to spin and distort the facts which one has ascertained. I suppose that the same goes for in-house legal counsel with a public role. One’s personal integrity and expertise is the very thing which the employer is exploiting and leveraging in order to colour other people’s perceptions.

    Conversely, if one does not have to speak to the public one can tell the truth to your employer. This makes me think that any body which employs an economist with a public role should also employ an economist whose work is purely for the use and information of the employer. Of course, that assumes that the employer is open to internal criticism and dissent and is willing to have internal documentation showing a contrary view. This is seen as good practice in business theory. However, many organisations and executives do not like to have views contradicting their decisions stashed in closets around the office.

    Coincidentally, I was just enjoying a few of 2Pack’s posts on the propertypin before checking in at irisheconomy. 2Pack should be published.

  3. One should remember that IBEC also includes FAS, ESB, CIE etc?
    Not exactly a seperation of public from private interests

  4. @ Al

    As is plain to see, IBEC doesn’t exactly represent the interests and views of the average worker employed by its private members, but rather those of the bosses. And the public sector boss class is very chummy indeed with their private sector brethren for a wide variety of causes, not least the revolving-door.

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