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



Bubble, Bubble Toil and Trouble? An Assessment of the Current State of the Irish Housing Market
August 7, 2014 | QEC Special Article

Authors: Kieran McQuinn
Research Area: Macroeconomics


Projected Population Change and Housing Demand: A County Level Analysis
August 6, 2014 | QEC Research Note

Authors: Edgar Morgenroth
Research Area: Macroeconomics


Updated Estimates for the Extent of Negative Equity in the Irish Housing Market
August 1, 2014 | QEC Research Note

Authors: David Duffy
Research Area: Macroeconomics


Household Formation and Tenure Choice
July 30, 2014 | QEC Research Note

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


The Distribution of Income and the Public Finances
July 28, 2014 | QEC Research Note

Authors: John FitzGerald
Research Area: Macroeconomics


Consumption and the Housing Market: An Irish Perspective
June 10, 2014 | Budget Perspectives

Authors: Yvonne McCarthy, Kieran McQuinn
Research Area: Macroeconomics


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


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

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


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