Economic surveys and country surveillance

Economic Survey of Ireland 2018





Executive Summary, Assessment & Recommendations, Overview


How do you improve the durability of a Celtic Tiger? Blog post


Unblocking the productivity potential of local businesses in Ireland, Blog post


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Remarks by Angel Gurría, OECD Secretary-General


Press release




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The unemployment rate has declined rapidly, leading to pick-up in wage growth in some sectors. 

GDP growth is expected to be 2½ per cent in 2019


Public finances have improved noticeably, but government debt remains high and tax receipts have become more subject to volatility. 

While non-performing loans on bank balance sheets have declined by around 60% from their peak, the stock remains high.


Further reading:

Ireland: Structural reform priorities

Ireland: Economic forecast

Ireland: Blog Posts


OECD Economic Surveys: Ireland 2018

For further information please contact the Ireland Desk at the OECD Economics Department at

The Secretariat’s draft report was prepared for the Committee by Ben Westmore and Yosuke Jin under the supervision of Pierre Beynet. Statistical research assistance was provided by Paula Adamczyk and editorial assistance by Heloise Wickramanayake


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