The Irish Economy During the Century after Partition

55 Pages Posted: 14 May 2021

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Cormac O'Grada

University College Dublin (UCD)

Kevin Hjortshøj O'Rourke

New York University (NYU) - New York University, Abu Dhabi; Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR)

Date Written: April 2021

Abstract

We provide a centennial overview of the Irish economy in the one hundred years following partition and independence. A comparative perspective allows us to distinguish between those aspects of Irish policies and performance that were unique to the country, and those which mirrored developments elsewhere. While Irish performance was typical in the long run, the country under-performed prior to the mid-1980s and over- performed for the rest of the twentieth century. Real growth after 2000 was slow. The mainly chronological narrative highlights the roles of convergence forces, trade and industrial policy, and monetary and fiscal policy. While the focus is mostly on the south of the island, we also survey the Northern Irish experience during this period.

JEL Classification: N14

Suggested Citation

O'Grada, Cormac and O'Rourke, Kevin Hjortshøj, The Irish Economy During the Century after Partition (April 2021). CEPR Discussion Paper No. DP15991, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3846046

Cormac O'Grada (Contact Author)

University College Dublin (UCD) ( email )

Belfield
Dublin 4, 4
Ireland

Kevin Hjortshøj O'Rourke

New York University (NYU) - New York University, Abu Dhabi ( email )

PO Box 129188
Abu Dhabi
United Arab Emirates

Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR)

London
United Kingdom

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