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Central Bank regulations limiting increase in mortgage loan sizes are reducing the upward pressure on house prices

In the Quarterly Economic Commentary Research Note ‘House prices and mortgage credit: Empirical evidence for Ireland – An update’, the relationship between mortgage credit and house prices in the Irish residential market is examined. Models for house prices and mortgage credit are estimated. The results indicate that a strong mutually reinforcing relationship exists between mortgage credit and house prices, with movements in one variable likely to cause movements in the other.

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The 2016 minimum wage increase did not lead to higher labour costs for the vast majority of Irish firms

In 2016, the Irish minimum wage increased from €8.65 to €9.15 per hour. A new ESRI study, funded by the Low Pay Commission, found that the 2016 minimum wage increase led to higher labour costs among firms with more than half of their employees on the minimum wage. 

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