Economy & Finance Blog Archive
Here you will find an archive of Economy & Finance Blog articles published before 1 January 2020, divided into their relevant categories.
Northern Ireland trade in goods, 2017
Reading Time: 4 minutes Please note: we have posted a new version of this blog article using the most recent HMRC annual trade data, see here. This blog post uses the most recent annual data from the HM Revenue
Women’s economic transition to retirement
Reading Time: 6 minutes While women are increasingly better educated than men, they earn less, feel less financially secure, provide the bulk of unpaid care, have smaller pensions, face greater hardship in later life and struggle to pay for
What goods does Northern Ireland export, how much are they worth and where do they go?
Reading Time: 5 minutes Please note: we have posted a new version of this blog article using the most recent HMRC annual trade data, see here. This blog post uses annual data from the HM Revenue and Customs’ (HMRC)
Employment & Labour Market
How big is the gender pay gap in NI’s public and private sectors?
Reading Time: 3 minutes By Aidan Stennett & Eóin Murphy Please note: we have posted a new version of this blog article using the most recent data, see here. This article examines the gender pay gap in Northern Ireland: what
Economic impact of cuts to the Higher Education sector
Reading Time: 3 minutes Education and training are key factors in economic progress, acting as a means of raising productivity. Whilst other factors can result in short-run economic improvements, education and training are critical to embedding long-term growth. As
The National Living Wage and Northern Ireland
Reading Time: 3 minutes The introduction of the National Living Wage (NLW) could have a number of impacts in Northern Ireland (NI), raising the earnings of those aged over 25, but potentially creating issues for Small to Medium Enterprises
Enterprise and Investment
Public Finances in Northern Ireland: Key recent developments and how they may affect you
Reading Time: 6 minutes This article unpicks key recent developments relating to public finance in Northern Ireland (NI), while there is no functioning Executive or Assembly and there is no direct rule from the United Kingdom (UK) Parliament. Those
What are rates and why do we pay them?
Reading Time: 5 minutes Rates are a property tax paid by households and businesses. There are two different types of rates in Northern Ireland, domestic rates for residential properties and non-domestic rates for businesses and other non-residential properties, such
UK Chancellor’s Budget: Small Change for Northern Ireland
Reading Time: 6 minutes Yesterday, in the House of Commons, the Chancellor of the Exchequer announced some changes to the United Kingdom (UK) Government’s spending plans based on the latest economic data. What does this mean for Northern Ireland
Research and Innovation
A revised strategy for Northern Ireland’s Economy
Reading Time: 4 minutes By Eóin Murphy, Michael Scholes, and Aidan Stennett The Northern Ireland Executive is currently revising its Economic Strategy. What are the key factors it should take into consideration when carrying out this revision?