Ireland’s National Wage Agreements & macroeconomic performance: 1988 - 2008
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This paper is a historical analysis of the role played by National Wage Agreements (NWAs) in the evolution of the Irish macroeconomy over the period 1988 to 2008. NWAs are agreements between the social partners: government, trade unions and employer representatives. They were re-introduced in Ireland in January 1988 and ended in September 2008 with the onset of the economic crash. In all, there were seven successive agreements spanning a twenty-one year period. A new wage agreement Public Sector Stability Agreement 2018–2020 was introduced in January 2018. While this agreement applies only to the Public Sector, the format has not changed in any meaningful way from the earlier agreements. This paper suggests how future wage agreements could be made more effective by introducing incentives to improve Public Sector labour productivity.
Leddin , A & Egan , P G 2020 , ' Ireland’s National Wage Agreements & macroeconomic performance: 1988 - 2008 ' , Journal of The Statistical and Social Inquiry Society of Ireland , vol. 48 , pp. 71-101 . < http://hdl.handle.net/2262/91636 >
Journal of The Statistical and Social Inquiry Society of Ireland
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