Irish Government Economic and Evaluation Service

Welcome to the website of the Irish Government Economic and Evaluation Service (IGEES), which will present analytical and statistical outputs from the Service. The site contains recent analytical papers across a range of public policy and expenditure topics.

 

Our most recent publications are set out below.

The papers have been prepared by members of IGEES and do not necessarily represent the policy positions of the relevant Departments, Ministers or the Government.

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Enterprise, Employment and Income Framework: Overview of IGEES Analysis

This paper provides a summary overview of a selection of IGEES papers in the policy areas of enterprise, employment and incomes. The paper highlights the interlinkages between these areas and the relevance of this for policy. It then summarises the main findings from a selection of IGEES papers compeleted over the last number of years.

The full paper can be found here.

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What is behind aggregate productivity growth in Ireland? A granular approach

This paper is aimed to empirically test for Ireland the “granular hypothesis” (Gabaix 2011), which posits that firm-level productivity shocks can explain a sizable portion of aggregate productivity fluctuations.

The Irish case is particularly relevant as Ireland has been experiencing increasing economic concentration in recent years, to the point that micro shocks to a few selected firms in 2015 led to significant level shifts in aggregate variables like GDP and, particularly, labour productivity and total factor productivity.

Combining macro data from the CSO and the OECD with micro data from the Annual Business Survey of Economic Impact (ABSEI), the granular hypothesis is tested in Ireland for the period 2000-2016

The full paper can be found here.

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Dominant Cities in Small Advanced Economies: Challenges and Policy Responses

This paper discusses the issues of regional development and urban agglomeration, primarily with reference to experience in Ireland but also in comparison with developments in other small advanced economies. In the first section, the paper discusses the well-established economics of urban agglomeration. The paper then outlines the economic geography of Ireland’s cities and population distribution and compares Ireland to other countries. Following this the paper goes through the evolution of Irish government regional policy since the 1960s before finally elaborating on Ireland’s current policy approach, the work that the Department of Business, Enterprise and Innovation does to support Irish regional development and policy innovations in other countries.

The full paper can be found here.

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The Housing Aspirations and Preferences of Renters

This Research Paper is provided to communicate the findings of a survey of renters,
which included an examination of renters’ attitudes towards housing tenures.

The survey was conducted in August 2018 and had 750 respondents. The survey was intended to explore the beliefs, preferences, and other characteristics of renters with a view to generating policy-relevant information and insights. Gaining a better understanding of the dynamics shaping the tenure decisions of households is important, especially when set against the backdrop of the growth in size and economic signi cance of
the private rental sector in recent decades.

The full paper can be found here.

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