IGEES Annual Conference 2017

Paschal Donohoe, TD, Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform opened the 4th IGEES Annual Conference on 8th June 2017 in the Conference Centre, Dublin Castle.  It was attended by over 130 people working in Government Departments, academia and various research institutes.

Each year, the IGEES conference focuses on the most pressing issues. This year, the conference opened with a presentation from Dr Albrecht Ritschl from the London School of Economics on the challenges and opportunities for Ireland from Brexit. This was followed by an Irish perspective on Brexit with presentations from the Department of Finance, Agriculture, Food & the Marine, and Jobs, Enterprise & Innovation. This opening session focused on the challenges and opportunities for Ireland from Brexit.

The conference then split into parallel sessions where IGEES staff and members of academia presented on their work.  This showcased the use of evidence and analysis and how it is informing policy across all sectors. The conference was closed by the Secretary General who set out how IGEES was one of the important tools in strengthening the use of evidence to inform policy making.

1) External Perspective on Brexit Dr. Albrecht Ritschl Head of Department of Economics History London School of Economics

2) Trade exposure of Sectors of the Irish Economy in a European Context Mike Fahy Department of Finance

3) Irish Agri-Food Sector Sinéad McPhilips, Department of Agriculture Food and the Marine.

4) Firm Level Impact on Enterprise Dr. Cathal Fitzgerald Department of Jobs, Enterprise & Innovation

5 (A) National Data Structure and Links to Policy Kieran Culhane, Central Statistics office

5 (B) National Data Structure and Links to Policy Jasmian Behan IGEES Department of Public Expenditure and Reform

6) Impact of Investment in Knowledge Based Capital on Productivity Iulia Siedschlag Economics & Social Research Institute

7) Human Capital Adjusted Production Function Martina Nacheva Department of Finance

8) CSO Multi-Factor Productivity Estimates 1999-2004 Luke Rehill Department of Finance

9) Income Distribution & Mobility Brian Stanley Office of the Revenue Commissioners

10) Income, Tenure & Resilience Changes to the Distribution of Income among Irish Households 2006-2015 Eoin Corrigan Department of Housing Planning Community and Local Government

11) Tax Supports on Pension Contributions Dr. Michéal Collins University College Dublin

12) Casual and Part-time Workers and Job Seekers’ payments Hugh Cronin Department of Social Protection

13) Lessons Learned in Behavioural Science in Revenue Seán Kennedy Office of the Revenue Commissioners

14) Results of RCT Trial Eric Doyle Department of Social Protection

15) Measuring the Cost of Crime David Crowe Department of Justice & Equality

16) Promoting a Culture of Evaluation to develop Evidence Based Policy Making Elaine Kennedy & Susan Huggins Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade

17) Fiscal Consolidation 2008 – 2014 The Irish Perspective Robert Scott & Dr Jacopo Bedogni Department of Public Expenditure & Reform