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    Structural adjustment and the effect of drought : the case of Zimbabwe
    (University College Dublin. School of Economics, 1995)
    This paper examines the Economic Structural Adjustment Programme (ESAP) of Zimbabwe and considers the effect of drought on the realisation of targets set in the ESAP. The paper concludes that (i) the ESAP was introduced before the debt problem was serious, (ii) the structural repairs were necessary, (iii) the ESAP contained many elements designed to counter the oft-quoted adverse effects of SAPs and (iv) the drought seriously affected the realisation of many of the targets in the ESAP.
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    Indigenous services
    (Institute of Public Administration, 1990)
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    Fiscal Consolidation Strategies: Evidence from the International Experience
    (Gill and Macmiilan, 2013) ; ;
    Although Ireland has done much already to reduce its government deficit, the scale of the fiscal adjustment required means that there is still some distance to go. In international terms, Ireland's fiscal consolidation will ultimately prove to be one of the largest recorded in the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). In relation to the policy landscape, the extent of the policy challenge and the agreed goal of reducing the deficit have long been clear. The issue that remains is to determine which policy options to execute in order to reach that goal.
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    International developments
    (Economic and Social Research Institute, 1978)
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    TEAM and Irish Steel : an application of the declining high-wage industries literature
    (University College Dublin. School of Economics, 1995-07) ;
    Since wage stickiness generates unemployment or intersectoral labour transfer in excess of that associated with a flexible-wage adjustment process, it is frequently argued that declining industries should be subsidised to some extent to replicate the behaviour of undistorted economies. We discuss three arguments against this "traditional" viewpoint, and find that each applies in the cases of Irish Steel and Team Aer Lingus. Intervention, we find, far from alleviating the competitiveness problems that these sectors face, actually worsens them.
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    Provision of private pensions in Poland
    (Economic Issues Education Fund, 1993-10) ;
    This paper considers the problems of the social security system in relation to pensions in Poland. It concludes that the system that prevailed until 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 eliminate the deficit, so that the system may be driven to the private provision of pensions. This in turn raises fundamental property rights 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.
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    Comparison of subvention levels for public transport systems in European cities
    (Department of Transport, 2000-04) ; ;
    This is a comparative study of the levels of government subvention in urban public transport in European cities. It was carried out by the Department of Economics in University College Dublin for the Department of Public Enterprise. The report presents the comparative analysis for cities and also provides summary tables by country on public subvention of urban transport systems
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    Industrial policy from the 1930s to Culliton
    (University College Dublin. School of Economics, 1992)