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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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An analysis of Disability Allowance inflows and outflows

The analysis contained in this paper is being carried out to examine in greater depth the factors affecting the increase in the number of recipients of Disability Allowance outlined in a Spending Review 2017 paper entitled ‘Disability Allowance Expenditure Drivers’. … Continue reading

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