Sunday, March 31, 2013

31/3/2013: Structural Reforms in Ireland: Far From Best-in-Class

Some interesting charts from the ECON review of the peripheral countries' structural reforms implementation during the crisis (full report is available here):

Note that by both measures, Ireland is not the 'best pupil in the class':

  • By unadjusted metric, we are second in the 'class' in terms of responsiveness rate, but
  • Once adjusting for the difference in reforms implemented and underlying conditions, we are only in the fifth (note: ECON chart is taken from the chart produced by the OECD, reproduced below which clearly shows our position to be worse than that of Italy)

In part, the above is driven by the fact that we have started our reforms earlier than other countries, hence, for example, in terms of labour market changes, we have most of the gains in the Gross Value Added per hour worked peaking in 2009-2010. Also, notice that our performance relative to other peripherals has deteriorated in 2011-2012 and is expected to remain there in 2013.

In part, however, the adjusted score is driven by structural differences in reforms adopted. And this implies that per OECD we are still ranked only fifth in the peripheral economies group when it comes to the adjusted scores over the broader period of 2009-2010 to 2011-2012:

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