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.

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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.

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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’.

The purpose of the analysis is to provide greater understanding of the dynamics
of the Disability Allowance scheme, as well as to improve understanding of the
drivers of changes in the number of recipients.

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The Context for NDP Housing Spend: What can the Property Price Register reveal?

This paper was compiled, in order to gain some perspective on the size of the residential property market, so as to enable NDP spend measures to be given a context. It does not purport to be a review of policy – its purpose is simply to identify and set out some salient features of national housing spend.

Where other analyses tend to focus on price movements and volumes of housing units, this paper is concerned with the macro trends in total housing spend, as recorded on a download of the Property Price Register (PPR) taken on 19 September 2018, covering 2010 to that date.

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