Ireland

BOOMS AND BUSTS: AN ENCYLOPDIA OF ECONOMIC HISTORY FROM TULIPMANIA OF THE 1630s TO THE GLOBAL FINANCIAL CRISIS OF THE 21st CENTURY, pp. 418-421, James Ciment, ed., Armonk, NY: M.E. Sharpe, 2010

3 Pages Posted: 20 Jan 2010 Last revised: 23 Jul 2011

Joshua C. Hall

West Virginia University

William J. Luther

Kenyon College

Date Written: 2010

Abstract

An island nation in north-western Europe, the Republic of Ireland is one of the highest income countries in the world. According to the International Monetary Fund’s World Economic Outlook Database, Ireland is among the ten wealthiest countries in the world as measured by gross domestic product (GDP) per capita, purchasing power-parity (PPP) calculations. In 2007, estimated GDP per capita in Ireland was $40,805.

This has not always been the case. For more than two hundred years it served as one of Europe’s poorest countries, with Irish peasants migrating elsewhere for better economic opportunities. In 1960, Ireland was outside the top twenty countries in terms of GDP per capita, well below nearly all of its European neighbors. Then in the 1990s, the Irish economy took off with annual growth in GDP increasing by an average of 5.14 percent per year from 1990-1995. In the second half of the decade, the economy grew even more rapidly at an average rate of 9.66 percent. In a little over two decades Ireland has drastically improved its standard of living.

Keywords: Economic Growth, Institutions, Ireland

JEL Classification: O17, P17

Suggested Citation

Hall, Joshua C. and Luther, William J., Ireland (2010). BOOMS AND BUSTS: AN ENCYLOPDIA OF ECONOMIC HISTORY FROM TULIPMANIA OF THE 1630s TO THE GLOBAL FINANCIAL CRISIS OF THE 21st CENTURY, pp. 418-421, James Ciment, ed., Armonk, NY: M.E. Sharpe, 2010. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1538686

Joshua C. Hall

West Virginia University ( email )

Morgantown, WV 26506
United States

William J. Luther (Contact Author)

Kenyon College ( email )

Gambier, OH 43022
United States

HOME PAGE: http://www.wluther.com

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