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- PublicationCompetitive health insurance : the implications of removing the VHI monopoly(University College Dublin. School of Economics, 1989-02)The role of voluntary insurance in financing health-care, and the appropriate market structures for an efficient health insurance system deserve careful consideration by the Government in deciding on its response to current problems of health finance and to the problems of the insurance sector post 1992. It seems likely that the response to both problems will take the form of an attempt to shore up the protected position of the V.H.I. The purpose of this paper is to demonstrate that such a response would be mistaken given the implications of monopoly and competitive structure in health insurance.
- PublicationPublic sector inefficiency and transitivity of choice between levels of expenditure and taxation(University College Dublin. School of Economics, 1989-12)
- PublicationJoint dominance and tacit collusion : An analysis of the irish vodafone/O2 case and the implications for competition and regulatory policyThe paper takes as its starting point the Irish telecom regulator ComReg’s finding of joint dominance by two firms in the mobile phone market in Ireland. The paper argues that the regulator’s decision was inconsistent with the facts in the case. However, it argues that the case raises wider questions about the whole concept of joint dominance as it has evolved under EU competition law which in our view is confused. We regard the approach of the ECJ in trying to use a single approach to joint dominance in merger analysis and in competition analysis as unjustified, misguided and at odds with economic analysis.
- PublicationTransformation in Central and Eastern Europe : economic theory in pratice : provision of private pension schemes in PolandThis paper considers the problems of the social security system in relation to pensions in Poland. It concludes that the system that prevailed up to recently had the capacity to cause the Social Insurance Fund to be permanently in deficit because of structural issues deriving from the conditions of the scheme, early retirement and recent increases in the dependency rate. Over the long term this deficit was likely to widen for demographic reasons. The recent reforms are unlikely to eleminate the deficit, so that the system may be driven to the private provision of pensions. This in turn raises fundamental property right issues. Finally, the issue of the private provision of pensions need to be seen in the light of the economy's need for domestic saving and financial markets and instruments to accelerate development.
- PublicationAgency, allocation and distribution - evidence on the motivation of central to local transfers(University College Dublin. School of Economics, 1988-07)
- PublicationThe poverty debate in Ireland : measurement and response(University College Dublin. School of Economics, 1989-10)
- PublicationRevealed preference for taxation and spending(University College Dublin. School of Economics, 1993-06)This paper analyses some of the results of a survey of public opinion carried out in Ireland in the early Autumn of 1989. The survey itself was an innovation in the political economy of taxation and public spending in Ireland in that it was the first time a fully articulated exercise was mounted to establish the actual preferences of the population over specified areas of the economics of the public sector.[extract]
- PublicationThe devaluation of 1460 and the origins of the Irish pound(University College Dublin. School of Economics, 1984-08)