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The Local Impact of the Marine Sector in Ireland


  • Morrissey, Karyn
  • O'Donoghue, Cathal
  • Farrell, Niall


Much economic policy focuses on increasing or maintaining employment at a national level. However, within the EU, the move to a single market and the increased rate of globalisation has led to a recognition that not all regions would benefit from trade liberalisation. This has led to an increased focus on sub-national policies which require local development strategies. Based on their ability to recreate a complete population distribution across numerous attributes and the need for alternative frameworks to traditional macro-level modelling, spatial microsimulation methodologies have become accepted tools in the evaluation of economic and social policy. Using a spatial microsimulation model this paper seeks to estimate the spatial distribution of marine sector workers and the contribution of their income to the local economy. The spatially references outputs on employment and income generated by the microsimulation model may be used to assess the impact of the sector on the local economy in Ireland. Policy conclusions are then drawn.

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  • Morrissey, Karyn & O'Donoghue, Cathal & Farrell, Niall, 2012. "The Local Impact of the Marine Sector in Ireland," Working Papers 148747, Socio-Economic Marine Research Unit, National University of Ireland, Galway.
  • Handle: RePEc:ags:semrui:148747

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    1. Kildow, J.T. & McIlgorm, A., 2010. "The importance of estimating the contribution of the oceans to national economies," Marine Policy, Elsevier, vol. 34(3), pages 367-374, May.
    2. Karyn Morrissey & Cathal O'Donoghue, 2011. "The Spatial Distribution of Labour Force Participation and Market Earnings at the Sub-National Level in Ireland," Review of Economic Analysis, Rimini Centre for Economic Analysis, vol. 3(1), pages 80-101, July.
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    1. Cathal O'Donoghue & Karyn Morrissey & John Lennon, 2014. "Spatial Microsimulation Modelling: a Review of Applications and Methodological Choices," International Journal of Microsimulation, International Microsimulation Association, vol. 7(1), pages 26-75.

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    economic policy; local development strategies; spatial microsimulation model; Environmental Economics and Policy; Resource /Energy Economics and Policy;

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