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The Economic Policy Centre (EPC) have a variety of services for business across Northern Ireland and beyond.


Economic Outlook

Other publications

Core research

The EPC is conducting core research in numerous other projects including:

  • Air Connectivity study
  • Corporation tax update
  • Cost of doing business

The EPC is acting as a supervisory/advisory role in other projects including:

  • development of reliable export data
  • high-growth firms and their defining characteristics
  • innovative firms and their defining characteristics
  • access to finance research
  • SMART region initiative for South West NI


The EPC is educating and developing the next generation of economic policy makers through teaching at the Ulster University Business School including:

  • Regional Economics
  • Economic Policy
  • Industrial Placements
  • Skills for Economists

Commercial research

The EPC undertakes a range of strategic consultancy projects for public and private sector clients. The following projects are currently ongoing:

NI Science Park - Knowledge Economy Index

Richard Johnston has developed an index for both Northern Ireland and the UK to allow Northern Ireland's relative knowledge economy performance to be benchmarked.

PwC New York - Global Cities report

Professor Gibson has been instrumental in designing bespoke research for the report which is due for publication in Spring 2014. The research is nearly complete and Professor Gibson will be assisting with the analysis and drafting of the report over the winter.

PwC New York - Entertainment and Media Cities of Opportunity report

Professor Gibson and Gareth Hetherington are working with PwC New York to complete an analysis of the Entertainment and Media sector across 30 international cities as part of the PwC Cities of Opportunity series

Oxford Economics

The EPC provided support to Oxford Economics on a number of economic consultancy projects including economic forecasting, analysis and consultancy.