The Economy of Ireland


The twelfth edition of this popular book surveys all major changes in the Irish economy in the past fifteen years, with particular emphasis on the last five years.

In this new edition, the authors examine:

  • The broad historical context to a study of the economy.
  • Ireland’s hard landing, recovery and prospects for economic growth and employment in the years ahead.
  • Energy and the environment, in particular the issue of security of supply.
  • The changing role of the state in policymaking and the increasing importance of euro-zone governance and institutions, especially in the monetary area.
  • Taxation in all its dimensions, including the issue of national debt.
  • The importance of competitiveness as a major policy objective.
  • The changing emphasis on quality-of-life indicators and distribution as objectives of policy.
  • The role of regulation in various areas of the economy and society.
  • Employment, unemployment and migration challenges facing Ireland.
  • Evidence on and policy issues relating to income and wealth.
  • The internationally traded sectors of manufacturing and services.
  • The importance of the health and education sectors, the rationale for state intervention and measures of effectiveness
  • The importance of the agri-food sector in terms of production, distribution and food safety.
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Publication Date

August 2014




Paperback, 352 pages

Country of Origin



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Section I:
Chapter 1: Historical Background
Jonathan Haughton
Chapter 2: Policy Objectives and Competitiveness for a Regional Economy
Dermot McAleese

Section II:
Chapter 3: Role of Government: Rationale, Levels and Size
Philip Lane
Chapter 4: Taxation, Debt and the Public Finances
Micheal Collins
Chapter 5: Regulation and Competition Policy
Francis O’Toole

Section III:
Chapter 6: Population, Migration and Employment
John O’Hagan and Tara McIndoe
Chapter 7: Growth in Output and Living Standards
Jonathan Haughton
Chapter 8: Social Justice: Distribution, Poverty and Policy Responses
Michael King

Section IV:


233 x 155 mm


Edited by John O'Hagan and Carol Newman

Availability Status

Out of print

J.W. O’Hagan is Professor of Economics at Trinity College Dublin. He is the author or editor of numerous books, reports and articles on the economy of Ireland, and in recent years has specialised in the economics of culture in Europe.

Carol Newman PhD is Assistant Professor of Economics at Trinity College Dublin. She has written many articles and reports relating to education in Ireland and on the agricultural sector in Ireland and the EU. Her recent research is primarily in the microeconomics of development and she is involved in projects in South East Asia and Africa.

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