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Macroeconomic research aims to improve understanding of economic growth, the property market 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, including COSMO (COreStructuralMOdel).

Shared Island research highlights potential for growing services trade

This report examines the extent of cross-border trade in services on the island of Ireland and the characteristics of the firms participating in this trade. The main services traded include transportation and storage, business services and computer consultancy. The report aims to fill an information gap on the extent and structure of services trade where data is much more limited compared to the detailed information available on goods trade.

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Persistent pace of growth in the domestic economy

Although the Irish economy contracted in 2023 due to a decline in headline exports, we anticipate moderate growth in both headline and underlying indicators in 2024 and 2025.  

Overall, the pace of inflation is continuing to decrease. This, combined with increasing nominal wages, has led to real wage growth for the first time in two years.

The Irish labour market remains strong, with employment surpassing 2.7 million workers for the first time in modern history and unemployment at 4%.

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Economic forecasts

The ESRI has produced a number of economic forecasts, including the Quarterly Economic Commentaries, Ireland's Economic Outlook and the Medium-Term Reviews.

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Download research examining the potential impact of Brexit across areas including trade, economic growth and consumer prices. 

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Housing market

This section includes ESRI work on the Irish housing market, including the RTB rent reports and research on house prices and affordability.