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Quarterly Economic Commentary

The Quarterly Economic Commentary is concerned with the analysis of current economic trends and the provision of macro-economic forecasts for the current and following year. Forecasts in the QEC are of a short-term nature (usually between one and two years ahead). The QEC is widely accepted as impartial and is an essential tool for business. Since it was first published in 1968 it has become a standard reference for Government Departments, policy-makers, universities, etc. Its main sections include:

  • Forecast National Accounts
  • The International Economy
  • The Domestic Economy
  • General Assessment
  • Special articles and policy discussion forums are also included in some issues.

Latest Quarterly Economic Commentary

Annual figures for GNP and GDP growth, consumer price inflation, employment, wage growth and other economic data, together with our current short-term forecasts, are presented in the Summary Table of the latest Quarterly Economic Commentary.


Previous QEC Publications

For details of previous QEC publications, visit our Search for a Publication page and use the search facility.


Research Bulletin Articles

The Quarterly Economic Commentary includes Research Bulletin articles. View latest Research Bulletin articles published in the Quarterly Economic Commentary.


QEC Special Articles

To find and download QEC Special Articles please click here.

Download a list of Special articles appearing in the QEC from 1969-2004 at http://www.esri.ie/docs/Art%20List%2009_2004.pdf.


Subscription to the QEC

The ESRI Quarterly Economic Commentary (QEC) is the essential reference on the Irish economy.  In addition to macroeconomic forecasts with detailed discussions and analysis of trends, the Quarterly now contains specially written articles on topics of current interest.

The annual subscription to the QEC costs €327, including VAT and postage, and subscribers also receive the Medium Term Review (MTR) which is published every two years.  To subscribe and pay online please click subscribe online, or alternatively please download the Subscription Form below and return it with the subscription fee.

ESRI Members and QEC Subscribers can access the full text of the Quarterly Economic Commentary online as soon as it is published. For further information contact us on membership@esri.ie.


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