Centre for Economic Empowerment
NICVA's Centre for Economic Empowerment aims to help the sector become better informed about economic issues and take part more effectively in economic policy debates.
We carry out research, and run training courses and masterclasses on a wide range of economic issues.
Research and Reports
In 2013, amidst growing concern about high cost credit and illegal lending, NICVA commissioned POLICIS and Liverpool John Moores University to explore options for an alternative affordable credit model. This report contains the results of their research.
Government support for the private sector in Northern Ireland is an important part of its economic strategy. This report considers how this support impacts on people on low incomes.
This research empirically tests some of the concerns that have been expressed in relation to contemporary procurement practice in Northern Ireland.
This report was commissioned by NICVA’s Centre for Economic Empowerment to determine the economic/monetary impact of voluntary advice provision in Northern Ireland.
This report covers economic inequality in Northern Ireland – how high it is, how this compares to other countries, and how it has been changing.
This report considers the use of distributional analysis and weighting in economic assessments within central government in Northern Ireland.
This research aims to identify the fiscal impact of the changing age profile of Northern Ireland.
This report examines how public procurement in Northern Ireland can better encourage innovation – the creation of new processes, products, ideas and services.
This report estimates the costs that would be incurred if the Supporting People programme were to cease.
This report estimates the economic implications of providing universal childcare in Northern Ireland using cost-benefit analysis.
This report estimates the economic impact of introducing the Living Wage in Northern Ireland.
This report considers the implications of introducing Land Value Tax (LVT) in Northern Ireland.
This report considers the quality of the data available on the Northern Ireland economy and proposes ways in which existing datasets could be enhanced.
This report examines public attitudes and interest in economic issues in Northern Ireland.
This report considers the difficulties experienced in implementing social clauses in Northern Ireland and makes a number of recommendations for improving their use.
This report reviews the fiscal powers of the Northern Ireland Assembly and considers the scope for the devolution of additional powers.
This report estimates how the programme of welfare reform that began in 2010 impacts on Northern Ireland.
This report highlights some key concerns in relation to payday lending and loan sharks in Northern Ireland.
Big Ideas Economics Festival Final Agenda and Timings.
On 12th August over 100 people from the voluntary and community sector, government officials, politicans, party staffers, academics, business people and interested individuals will get together in NICVA to discuss big economic ideas.
Big Ideas - A Festival of Economics the programme so far...
The countdown is on to Big Ideas - A festival of Economics. With two weeks to go the list of speakers and topics is looking pretty impressive.
Do you have a Big Idea?
NICVA's 'Big Ideas: Festival of Economics' will bring together key note speakers, panels, workshops and conversations to spark debate about the big ideas that could transform our economy. And we want you to be part of it.
Invitation to tender: A Review of Financial Support for Business in Northern Ireland
The Centre for Economic Empowerment is commissioning a review of financial support for business in Northern Ireland.
Spending Review 2015- What Does it Mean for Us?
The Centre for Economic Empowerment sets out the most significant announcements from the 2015 Spending Review and Autumn Statement.
From Austerity to Inequality
There is much talk of 'austerity'. But what does it really mean?
Invitation to Tender: Economic Inequality
The Centre for Economic Empowerment is commissioning research on economic inequality.
Innovation conference - Development, Design and Delivery
NICVA and the Chief Executive's Forums conference on innovation in public service delivery saw speakers from the public, private and voluntary and community sectors address delegates on innovative processes and practices.
The Need for a Strategic Approach to Taxation
In the first of three articles on taxes and their role in public policy, we consider the need for the Northern Ireland Executive to review the local system of taxation.
The future of zero-hours contracts in Northern Ireland
The Minister for Employment and Learning has outlined his position on the future of zero-hours contracts in Northern Ireland.
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