The economy of Ireland : policy and performance of a small European country / edited by J.W. O'Hagan.

New York : St. Martin's Press, 1995.
xviii, 406 p. ; 24 cm.


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  • Ireland is a small, open economy, heavily integrated with the British economy as well as an enthusiastic and fully active member of the European Union. How it is influenced by and responds to these circumstances is central to an understanding of its economy. This book provides an account of the main features, performance and associated policy issues of the economy of Ireland in the 1990s.
  • The book opens with an extensive chapter outlining the historical development of the Irish economy from the seventeenth century to the present day. Part 1 then examines the issue of choosing, defining and measuring policy objectives for the economy. Part 2 explores the role and performance of the government in policy implementation, focusing in particular on public expenditure, social partnership arrangements, regulation, taxation, and fiscal and monetary policy.
  • Part 3 looks at the overall performance of the economy, in terms of economic growth, employment and unemployment, trade and exchange rate policy, with special reference to the EU dimension. Part 4 examines the Irish government's policy towards the different sectors of the economy (agri-cultural, manufacturing and services sectors) and its relation with EU policy. The central role of competitiveness and competition policy for all sectors of the economy is emphasised.
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Includes bibliographical references and index.
Ch. 1. The Historical Background / Jonathan Haughton -- Ch. 2. Primary Policy Objectives / Andrew John -- Ch. 3. Secondary Policy Objectives / Dermot McAleese -- Ch. 4. Government Intervention / Philip R. Lane -- Ch. 5. Taxation Measures and Policy / Frances Ruane and Francis O'Toole -- Ch. 6. Fiscal, Monetary and Exchange Rate Policy / Anthony Leddin and Jim O'Leary -- Ch. 7. Economic Growth: Performance and Explanations / Cormac O. Grada and Kevin O'Rourke -- Ch. 8. Employment and Unemployment / John O'Hagan -- Ch. 9. European Integration, the Balance of Payments and Inflation / Dermot McAleese and Fiona Hayes -- Ch. 10. Competition and Efficiency in the Services Sector / John Fingleton -- Ch. 11. Agricultural Competitiveness and Rural Development / Alan Matthews -- Ch. 12. Manufacturing and Global Competition / Mary O'Sullivan.
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