Media updates from the Economic Policy Centre
Latest updates from the Economic Policy Centre.
12 June 2019
Our public services are under pressure like never before” is the opening line of Below the Radar TV’s documentary for BBC Northern Ireland on public finances in Northern Ireland.
Even though there are several positives in the economy, wage stagnation will catch up on us eventually, insists economist
16 October 2018
Northern Ireland’s economic performance continues to remain broadly positive. Unemployment is near record lows and the economy is undergoing the process of rebalancing to be more private sector-led through a booming jobs market.
3 July 2018
The NHS has had its achievements. Life expectancy is up by 13 years in England since 1948. However, many indicators imply there is a growing gap between the UK and many other countries.
29 May 2018
The 5 July will mark the 70th anniversary of the founding of the NHS. This anniversary marks a good point at which to ask questions about how well the NHS been performing and whether the funding model is sustainable?
30 March 2018
As we approach the 20th anniversary of the 1998 political agreement there is an understandable interest in how the economy has performed over the last 20 years.
23 March 2018
Wednesday’s data from the Northern Ireland Statistics and Research Agency (NISRA) show continued decline in unemployment to 3.2% in the quarter November 2017-January 2018.
20 March 2018
Twenty years on, the Agreement has obviously been very important in political terms but how much difference has it made to Northern Ireland’s economic life?
13 March 2018
Last Autumn Chancellor Hammond indicated that instead of two major fiscal events each year, he would consolidate this into a main Budget each Autumn and a Spring Statement each March.
7 March 2018
Two major budgetary events may coincide next week, with the Northern Ireland Budget and the first UK Spring Statement where the Chancellor will respond to latest OBR forecasts.
12 February 2018
The latest ONS productivity data confirm substantial NI productivity shortfall during early 2000s-2016. And little sign of narrowing of that gap in recent years
30 January 2018
Is there anything we can learn from the recent Scottish Draft Budget 2018-19 in comparison to the Department of Finance Briefing on Northern Ireland Budgetary Outlook 2018-20?
25 January 2018
Keynote Address by Dr Esmond Birnie to Vodafone’s Productivity Nation Conference (25 January, Titanic Drawing Rooms)
Seeing ourselves as others see us? Looking at NI’s budget dilemmas from the perspective of Scotland’s draft budget
24 January 2018
On the eve of Burns’ Night, is there anything Northern Ireland can learn from Scotland’s draft Budget for 2018-19?
22 November 2017
This is an new institution- a single, annual UK Budget instead of the previous pattern of a March Budget and an Autumn Statement.
26 October 2017
At the end of this week, Northern Ireland may be entering a political twilight zone or the shadowlands- the gap between two deadlines (as previously stated by the Secretary of State).
20 October 2017
The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) is one of the leading international economic commentators
12 October 2017
Autumn brings not just darker skies but a small relief to NI government.
9 October 2017
In 2015 and 2016 each German worker produced about one-third more than his/her counterpart in Northern Ireland. And, for each hour worked, a German delivers almost 70% more than his/her counterpart in Northern Ireland