Journal of the Statistical and Social Inquiry Society of Ireland

Articles from Vol. 42, Annual

An Inquiry into the Declining Labour Share of National Income and the Consequences for Economies and Societies
1. INTRODUCTION For over three decades, the share of national income going to labour in most developed countries has been in decline. This trend may have major consequences for economies, with reduced demand and also for societies, where social...
Effects of R&D Spending on Innovation by Irish and Foreign-Owned Businesses
1. INTRODUCTION This paper estimates the effect of research and development (R&D) spending on the probability of innovation by Irish and foreign-owned businesses. Since the late 1990s, the Irish government has set an objective, through tax incentives...
Estimating the Effects of Land-Use and Catchment Characteristics on Lake Water Quality: Irish Lakes 2004-2009
1. INTRODUCTION Surface water resources have a range of important functions. They provide drinking water, sustain biodiversity and constitute an important tourism and recreation resource. Poor water quality impacts on all of these and, thus, maintaining...
Identifying Policy Impacts in the Crisis: Microsimulation Evidence on Tax and Welfare
1. INTRODUCTION Household incomes in Ireland have been hit hard by a succession of adverse factors during recent years. The ending of the property bubble, an unparalleled banking crisis, a global recession, and a fiscal crisis have led to a severe...
Northern Ireland Composite Economic Index: Development of a Quarterly Output Measure for NI
1. INTRODUCTION Existing official statistics produced by the Northern Ireland Statistics and Research Agency (NISRA) provide information on quarterly private sector output in the Production, Construction and Services sectors and for both Public...
Politicians, the Bureaucracy and Economic Policymaking over Two Crises: The 1950s and Today
1. INTRODUCTION The usual articulation of the separation of powers--as between the executive, the legislature and the judiciary relates more to the US system than it does to ours. The fact that the legislature in Ireland (and Britain) has much less...
Proceedings of the Statistical and Social Inquiry of Ireland: One Hundred and Sixty-Sixth Session: 2012/2013
First Meeting The first ordinary meeting of the Society was held at 4:00pm on Thursday 4th October 2012 at the CSO, Skehard Road, Cork. The President, Mr Paul Sweeney, was in the Chair. Professor Tim Callan and Ms Claire Keane (ESRI) delivered a...
Reform of Public Policy-Making in Ireland
1. INTRODUCTION: PUBLIC POLICYMAKING REDISCOVERED? One of the more prominent issues to emerge from the recent economic crisis has been a concern about the method and quality of policy-making in Ireland. This concern has been specifically raised...
Researchers Imply, Policymakers Infer: The Relationship between Evidence and Policy
Inspector Flint: "You're inferring that we're all thick aren't you?" Wilt: "No, no ... I am implying that you are all thick, you are inferring it." Wilt, Tom Sharpe 1. INTRODUCTION The analysis to follow rests on the straightforward claim...
The Impact of Changes in Educational Attainment on Life Expectancy in Ireland
1. INTRODUCTION This article looks at scenarios quantifying the potential contribution of increasing educational attainment to the prospective improvement in life expectancy in Ireland over the next 50 years. This analysis uses recently published...
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