Revenue’s fourth survey of Small and Medium sized Enterprises (“SMEs”) was conducted in September and October 2017. The objective of the survey is to help Revenue improve the quality of the service provided to support timely voluntary compliance.
Over 10,000 SMEs were invited to participate and for the first time, the survey was conducted entirely electronically, presenting an opportunity to trial behavioural insights to improve response rates. Over 2,000 respondents completed the survey, a response rate of 20 per cent, providing a robust basis for reporting and extrapolating results.
The full paper can be viewed here
Throughout the year, IGEES staff and those working in analysis across the civil service, produce papers and other work that contributes to the overall goal of embedding evidence based policy making at the highest level.
This does this through:
- analysis (including economic analysis) and research to inform the development of policy;
- policy analysis and evaluation to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of programmes and policy areas;
- statistical and data analysis to better inform about the policy environment;
- publications, presentations and conference to disseminate analysis and research.
The IGEES Work Programme 2018 shows the vast array of work that is carried out across the various Departments for last year and the year to come. The complete programme can be found here.
Recent research in the area of productivity has moved on from macro, and sectoral, analysis to firm level analysis and has sought to explore the dynamics that drive the main channels for aggregate productivity growth. These are, namely productivity growth at the productivity frontier, diffusion of technology from the frontier to lagging firms, and a reallocation of resources from the least productive to the most productive firms through competition. This paper looks at the first and last of these, and also looks at the extent of catch-up and convergence between frontier and laggard firms. The full paper can be found here.
This paper, published by the Department of Finance, examines the import exposures to the UK of Ireland and other EU Member States at a sectoral level. The analysis builds on previous work undertaken by the Department of Finance on sector-level export exposures, in the context of the UK’s decision to leave the EU. The full paper can be found here