My book on industry & policy from the establishment of the Irish Free State in 1922 to the eve of Ireland’s accession to the EEC in 1973 will be published by Oxford University Press within the next few weeks. Among other things it identifies the largest manufacturing employers in the Free State area in the decades prior to 1922 and in the late 1920s, the late 1940s and at other key points through to 1972. By the time of EEC accession foreign-owned firms accounted for almost one-third of manufacturing employment. Though Ireland had been targeting export-oriented foreign multinationals since the mid-1950s, a large number of those in operation at EEC entry were protectionist-era ‘tariff jumpers’ or indigenous firms that had been acquired over recent years as trade liberalisation proceeded. The book also unearths substantial new archival evidence on the determinants and consequences of industy policy. The sources of the firm-level employment data cited in the book have just been made available at: http://www.tara.tcd.ie/handle/2262/101139
The annual Irish Quantitative History group meeting will take place in TCD, in the IIIS seminar room, 6th Floor, Arts Building, on Friday 25th January 2013, 2pm-6 pm.
As numbers are limited, please email firstname.lastname@example.org if you intend to go along, and/or if you wish to be added to the IQH group mailing list. The workshop page (hosted by the Centre for Economic History at QUB) is here. The convenor of IQH is Eoin McLaughlin (University of Edinburgh).