A 1998 Analysis of the Assembly's Economic Agenda: Looking Back with a view to the Future

Activity: Talk or presentationInvited talk


This presentation provides a retrospective assessment of an article published in 1998, which outlined a potential economic agenda for the then new Northern Ireland Assembly (Esmond Birnie and David Hitchens, “An economic agenda for the Northern Ireland Assembly”, Regional Studies, vol. 32, no. 8, pp. 769-87). From a present day perspective, it examines key issues, including: was peace a sufficient condition for economic upsurge? And, how far was there a toxic trade-off with respect to environmental policy? As well as considering planning policy and competitiveness policy? And looking ahead, it concludes with some “forecasting” for the next 25 years.
Period31 May 2023
Held atNorthern Ireland Assembly Research and Information Service (RaISe), Northern Ireland
Degree of RecognitionInternational


  • Northern Ireland economy
  • Belfast Agreement
  • Good Friday Agreement
  • Regional economic growth
  • Regional Productivity
  • Northern Ireland competitiveness