IGEES Annual Conference 2021

Last week saw the conclusion of a very enjoyable and thought provoking 2021 IGEES annual conference. Though it was hoped we could return to an in person event it was great that we could still go ahead in an online setting as these events are so important to sharing and driving the impact of our analytical work.

Climate change took a central role in this year’s IGEES conference. The Climate Action Plan 2021 published earlier this year signalled the important role of climate change in public policy going forward. Moving forward it is likely that climate related issues will form a key part of our work in IGEES.

Day two of the conference started with a video message from Mister for Public Expenditure and Reform, Michael McGrath TD, and showcased the wider work of IGEES in terms of driving evidence informed policy and the final day highlighted the opportunities and challenges for the economy and labour market.

Guest speakers Professor Cathal O’Donoghue from the National University of Ireland Galway and Associate Professor Stephen Kinsella from the University of Limerick for brought their perspectives to the discussions and 140 people on average over the three days logged in to hear about the work carried out by IGEES which is of critical importance in terms of building up an evidence base and informing policy formulation. This work is greatly appreciated and valued throughout the Civil Service.

Conference Presentation Slides

Day 1

Guest Speaker – Prof Cathal O’Donoghue – National University of Ireland, Galway

Climate Policy and Expenditure Frameworks (Laura Kevany)

Beef Environmental Efficiency Programme Sucklers (BEEP-S) (Charlie Banks and Anthony Cawley)

Good Stick, Bad Carrot: The Impacts of Removing Fossil Fuel Subsidies and Increasing Carbon Taxation in Ireland (Mert Yakut)

Day 2

LGBTI+ Youth Capacity Building Grant Programme (Fiona Corcoran)

Driving Evidence Informed Policy Making Spending Review Healthcare (Mark Hennessy)

Capital Demand Analysis & the NDP (Jane Burmanje)

Tenure Shift from Ownership to Rental & Policy Implications (Eoin Corrigan)

Applications of Economic Modelling for Shaping Health Policy (Patrick Moran & Terence Hynes)

Day 3

Guest speaker – Prof Stephen Kinsella – University of Limerick

Outlook for Consumer Price Inflation (John Harnett and Eimear Flynn)

Impact of Covid-19 on remote working in Ireland (Patrick O’Brien)

The Pandemic Unemployment Payment and the Employment Wage Subsidy Scheme: Trends and Interactions (Aoife Doyle and Jeff Dwan O’Reilly)

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