Services

Public Sector Economics: Government policy and programme evaluation, reviews of the performance of state companies, case making to Government on behalf of private enterprises, local and community groups and trade associations.

Services

Public Sector Economics: Government policy and programme evaluation, reviews of the performance of state companies, case making to Government on behalf of private enterprises, local and community groups and trade associations.

Project File

Examples of recent work by Dorgan Associates in the main fields of specialisation of the company.

Recent Work

Economic Evaluation of Investment in University Expansion

Recent Work

For Munster Technological University, a Cost Benefit Analysis of a proposal for a major expansion at the Bishopstown campus and a related evaluation of  the economics of a refurbishment of the original building.

Commentary

  • INFLATION The 'flash' inflation figure for Ireland for April shows that the rate of price increases in Ireland is continuing to slow down. The preliminary figure released by the CSO reports a 1.6% increase on April 2023. This is down from 1.7% in March. The corresponding figure for the Eurozone is 2.4% which is no change. While a little disappointing, this probably reinforces chances of a cut in ECB interest rates later this year. In the US expectations of an early fall in official rates are on hold as inflation remains highish and the US economy is very buoyant.

  • OECD REPORT ON IRISH EDUCATION: The OECD published on 5th December a report on educational attainments in 81 countries throughout the world. Ireland comes out extremely well. In the three subjects examined, Maths, Reading and Science, Ireland is in tenth place on the first and third and in second place on Reading. That means are children are better then the Germans (for example) at Maths, the English at Reading, and the Americans at Science. Scores have dropped everywhere since the last report (in 2018) possibly as a result of Covid. But Irish results have fallen less than the average and in Science we have improved. There are also indicators that gender and social inequality is less marked in Ireland than in the other countries. The report marks a major success.

  • SLOW DOWN IN ECONOMY IN 2023 TO BE FOLLOWED BY RECOVERY THIS YEAR AND NEXT. Slower growth in the world economy in 2023 took its toll of the Irish economy, especially the foreign owned sector. But there is general agreement amongst economic forecasters that this year and next will see a recovery with growth rates of 2.5% to 2.5% depending on which measure is used and who is doing the forecasting. The situation with respect to inflation is very positive. This year will see the rate of increase in consumer prices more than half from 2023's rate.

Dorgan Associates provides management and economic consultancy to clients in the private and public sectors both in Ireland and abroad. The firm provides a wide range of  services in the areas of public sector economics, programme and policy evaluation, cost benefit analysis, sectoral studies and economic and social research.