Macroeconomics

As the Irish economy recovers from the international downturn of 2007/2008, research in this area addresses new challenges critical to growth, productivity and prosperity in Ireland. Macroeconomic analysis aims to improve understanding of factors affecting priority issues, including domestic growth, stable taxation policy, the outlook for the property sector and the relationship between the macroeconomy and the financial sector.

A major feature of macroeconomic research at the ESRI is the development and maintenance of a suite of economic models. These models are used extensively in a range of studies on medium-term macroeconomic forecasting and policy analysis and also to inform research on other aspects of the economy. In order to meet the changing needs of policymakers and to avail of new and emerging trends in modelling, the ESRI is currently developing new macroeconometric models of the Irish economy, in a joint programme with the Central Bank of Ireland.

As part of its research, the ESRI produces a number of regular reports, including the Quarterly Economic Commentary, Consumer Sentiment Index, and Housing Market Index.


Main Publications in Macroeconomics Research Area


Other Misc. Outputs



Bank-lending Constraints, Trade Credit and Alternative External Finance since the Financial Crisis: Evidence from European SMEs
May 15, 2014 | ESRI Research Bulletin

Authors: Conor O'Toole, Eddie Casey
Research Area: Macroeconomics


Bank-lending Constraints, Trade Credit and Alternative Financing during the Financial Crisis: Evidence from European SMEs
May 10, 2014 | Journal Article

Authors: Eddie Casey, Conor O'Toole
Research Area: Macroeconomics


Ireland’s Recovery from Crisis
April 14, 2014 | Journal Article

Authors: John FitzGerald
Research Area: Macroeconomics


Alternative Scenarios for New Household Formation in Ireland
April 11, 2014 | QEC Special Article

Authors: David Duffy, David Byrne , John FitzGerald
Research Area: Macroeconomics


The Structural Balance for Ireland
April 11, 2014 | QEC Special Article

Authors: Adele Bergin, John FitzGerald
Research Area: Macroeconomics


Quarterly Economic Commentary, Spring 2014
April 11, 2014 | ESRI Forecasting Series

Authors: David Duffy, John FitzGerald , Kevin Timoney , David Byrne
Research Area: Macroeconomics


A Survey-based Analysis of Irish Savings Behaviour by Age
April 10, 2014 | QEC Research Note

Authors: Kevin Timoney
Research Area: Macroeconomics


The New EU Governance Arrangements
April 7, 2014 | Journal Article

Authors: John FitzGerald
Research Area: Macroeconomics


Corruption and the Efficiency of Capital Investment in Developing Countries
March 19, 2014 | Journal Article

Authors: Conor O'Toole
Research Area: Macroeconomics


Does Bank Market Power Affect SME Financing Constraints?
March 11, 2014 | ESRI Research Bulletin

Authors: Conor O'Toole, Fergal McCann
Research Area: Macroeconomics


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