Jan 31st Conference on Economic Policy

On January 31st 2014, the Economic and Social Research Institute (ESRI), the Department of Economics at the University of Limerick (UL) and the Geary Institute at UCD are hosting a conference on Irish economy policy at the Institute of Bankers.

The conference will explore current issues in economic policy in key areas:  Industrial Relations, Housing Debt, Banking, Fiscal Policy, Migration and the teaching of Economics. The outline programme is set out below.

The conference aims to provide a forum for discussion of new ideas on the conduct of Irish economic policy, including the extent to which economics and related disciplines can make a greater contribution to the conduct of economic policy in Ireland, and the extent to which policy can be designed more effectively. The speakers and chairs come from a range of institutions and disciplines and there also be online access to presentations to ensure to enable debate through blogs and twitter.  There will be a registration charge of €20. There is no charge for student participants. Coffee will be provided mid-morning and there will be a break at 12.45 to enable participants to take lunch.

Registration will open early in the New Year.

Irish Economic Policy Conference 2014


Theme:           Economic Policy after the Bailout

Venue: The Institute of Bankers

Date: 31st January 2013


Session 1         9:30 – 10:50

1A.       The Impact of the Crisis on Industrial Relations

Chair:  TBC

Kieran Mulvey (DJEI)

Shay Cody (Impact)

Michelle O’Sullivan/Tom Turner (UL)

1B.       Economics: Teaching and Practice

Chair: Ronan Gallagher(DPER)

Brian Lucey (TCD): Economics and Finance Education Before and After the Crash

Liam Delaney (Stirling): Graduate Economics Education

Third Speaker TBC


Session 2         11:20 – 1:00

2A.       Migration and the Labour Market

Chair: Philip O’Connell(UCD)

Piaras MacÉinri (UCC)

Peter Muhlau (TCD)

Alan Barrett/Irene Mosca (TCD)

2B.       Debt and Default

Chair:  Fiona Muldoon (CBI)

Greg Connor (NUIM)

Ronan Lyons (TCD)

Third Speaker TBC

Session 3         2:10 – 3:30

3A.       Health and Recovery

Chair: TBC

David Madden (UCD)

Charles Normand/Anne Nolan (TCD/ESRI)

Paul Gorecki (ESRI)

3B.       Fiscal Policy

Chair: Stephen Kinsella (UL)

Seamus Coffey (UCC): “The continuing constraints on Irish fiscal policy”

Diarmuid Smyth (IFAC)

Third speaker TBC


Session 4         3:50 – 5:00

Plenary Session: Future of Banking

7 replies on “Jan 31st Conference on Economic Policy”


Just for clarity and to be fair to the Institute and everyone else involved, the Institute is the venue not the organization running or financing the event.

Very brief research note:

On Gov..er..nance!

After entering office in Mar 2011, Taoiseach Enda Kenny said vacancies on the boards of State-funded bodies would be advertised to help attract new talent and end cronyism.

It followed a controversy surrounding a range of appointments made by the Fianna Fáil-led government in its final days in office.

An Irish Examiner analysis of appointments by the current coalition government shows most ministers are overlooking rules they set.

Of 1,067 appointments made to state boards since the Coalition came into office, just 191 were through a public advertisement process — less than 18%.


The topics here are important like a lot of other issues but a focus on one key topic may be more worthwhile.

It’s evident from last month’s brochure, which was dubbed an “economics strategy” that the Department of Finance could do with some fresh ideas on developing a real jobs strategy.

“Everyone” appears to agree that rising exports will be crucial to the recovery but what about that data which shows the weak correlation between exports and jobs?

“Everyone” also agrees that the economy is very open but it’s rare if at all that attention is given to evolving international trends.

Then there’s the large mainly low-paid non-exporting domestic sector dependent on something called trickle-down.

Beyond the spin, what are the prospects long-term for growing the size of the indigenous sector?

On Tuesday, 11 companies accounted for 91% of the ISEQ index with a market valuation of €62bn, headed by CRH at €13bn, which has its primary listing in London.

The total value of food and drinks companies on the Irish stock exchange was €20bn compared with the closing market value of Nestlé of Switzerland at €172bn.

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