The thirteenth edition of the successful textbook The Economy of Ireland should be of interest to not just third-level students but a wide lay audience. The story of the Irish economy, at the heart of the euro zone has been one of the most remarkable in the developed world in the last twenty years. There are four major parts to the book: (i) historical, international and political contexts; (ii) state expenditure, taxation and regulation; (iii) performance in terms of employment, living standards and income distribution; and (iv) analysis of six key sectors, agri-food, trades goods and services, energy, housing, education and health.
Table of Contents
I POLICY CONTEXT.- 1. Historical Background 1690 to present; Jonathan Haughton, Suffolk University Boston.- 2. Policy Priorities for a Small Regional Economy; Dermot McAleese (Emeritus), University College Dublin.- II POLICY IMPLEMENTATION.- 3. National/International Levels of Government: Rationale and Issues; Philip R Lane, Central Bank of Ireland.- 4. Taxation: Measures and Policy Issues; Micheál Collins, University College Dublin. - 5. Regulation, ‘Nudging’ and Competition; Tara Mitchell and Francis O'Toole, University College Dublin.- III POLICY ISSUES AT NATIONAL LEVEL.- 6. Labour Market and Migration; Tara McIndoe-Calder, Central Bank of Ireland and John O’Hagan, Trinity College Dublin.- 7. Growth in Output and Living Standards; Michael Wycherley, Trinity College Dublin.- 8. Distribution and Poverty; Michael King, Trinity College Dublin.- IV POLICY ISSUES AT SECTORAL LEVEL.- 9. Agriculture and Food; Alan Matthews (Emeritus), Trinity College Dublin.- 10. Manufacturing and Internationally-Traded Services; Ciara Whelan, University College Dublin.- 11. Energy and Environment; Eleanor Denny, Trinity College Dublin.- 12. Housing: Supply, Pricing and Servicing; Ronan Lyons, Trinity College Dublin.- 13. Education: Features, Financing and Performance; Ciara Whelan, University College Dublin.- 14. Health: Funding, Access and Efficiency; Anne Nolan, The Economic and Social Research Institute.