Informed Policy for a Better Ireland

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Irish economy to record double digit growth as exports surge

Assuming the continued easing of public restrictions and vaccine delivery rolls out as planned, we expect GDP to increase growth by just over 11 per cent in the present year. The strong performance of the Irish export sector is driving much of this growth. 

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COVID-19 pandemic highlights potential for reforms in social welfare provision

The impact of COVID-19 on employment meant additional income supports were introduced to protect incomes. As public health restrictions lift and the economy recovers, we face the withdrawal of such supports. We examine these supports and the role they played in supporting incomes. By profiling those who benefitted most from the new schemes, we highlight the groups most at risk of significant income losses as they wind down.

Research Areas

The mission of the Economic and Social Research Institute is to advance evidence-based policymaking that supports economic sustainability and social progress in Ireland. ESRI researchers apply the highest standards of academic excellence to challenges facing policymakers, focusing on 11 areas of critical importance to 21st Century Ireland.