Tuesday 16 January 2018

George Garvey: ESRI scores own goal as latest paper pulled

George Garvey

The strange case of the withdrawn working paper, which claimed that up to 44pc of unemployed families were better off on the dole, has placed the Government's favourite economic think tank, the ESRI, firmly in the spotlight.

Yesterday is a day that the ESRI won't forget in a hurry. Although the offending working paper had been released on May 22, it wasn't until its findings were reported in yesterday's Irish Independent that controversy erupted.

On the face of it the paper, which was co-authored by Professor Richard Tol, seemed to confirm anecdotal evidence that many of those on the dole would be worse off if they returned to work.

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