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Structural Reforms to Reduce Unemployment and Restore Competitiveness in Ireland
- Álvaro Pina1
- Author Affiliations
- 1: OECD, France
- 02 Dec 2011
- Bibliographic information
To tackle high and persistent unemployment and thus stave off social exclusion, Ireland needs to further pursue an integrated three-pillar strategy: welfare reform to ensure that work pays; better activation policies to assist labour reallocation across sectors; and a sustained restraint in wages and other business costs to restore international competitiveness. In particular, often building on recent policy initiatives or commitments, this paper recommends reforms to further enhance product-market competition, improve innovation efforts and ameliorate the quality of education, which are key to economic prosperity.
This Working Paper relates to the 2011 OECD Economic Survey of Ireland (www.oecd.org/eco/surveys/ireland).
- R&D, competitiveness, constant market share analysis, Ireland, technology transfer, education, unemployment, labour costs, activation policies, welfare system, electricity, international trade, competition
- JEL Classification:
- F10: International Economics / Trade / General
- F40: International Economics / Macroeconomic Aspects of International Trade and Finance / General
- I28: Health, Education, and Welfare / Education and Research Institutions / Government Policy
- I38: Health, Education, and Welfare / Welfare, Well-Being, and Poverty / Government Policy ; Provision and Effects of Welfare Programs
- J52: Labor and Demographic Economics / Labor–Management Relations, Trade Unions, and Collective Bargaining / Dispute Resolution: Strikes, Arbitration, and Mediation ; Collective Bargaining
- J64: Labor and Demographic Economics / Mobility, Unemployment, Vacancies, and Immigrant Workers / Unemployment: Models, Duration, Incidence, and Job Search
- J68: Labor and Demographic Economics / Mobility, Unemployment, Vacancies, and Immigrant Workers / Public Policy
- L40: Industrial Organization / Antitrust Issues and Policies / General
- L94: Industrial Organization / Industry Studies: Transportation and Utilities / Electric Utilities