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Journal of the Statistical and Social Inquiry Society of Ireland Vol. XXVI, Pt. I, 1988/1989
The manufacturing sector of the economy is vital in that it is the engine of
economic growth. Despite developments in other areas of the economy, it still
carries much of the potential for job creation, either directly or indirectly, in the
years ahead. For this reason and also because of the considerable level of state
expenditure on industrial development, good statistics on the performance of
this sector are essential in order to have a full understanding of the factors
underlying changes in output and employment, in particular. Developments in
Irish manufacturing industry in the 1980's have been the subject of much
debate. This has centered to a considerable extent on the rapid increase in
productivity which has been a function of output growth, quite substantial in
comparison to that of our European partners, and declining employment. The
authors hope that this paper can be a contribution to this debate by looking at
some of the structural changes which have taken place in the last decade and
identifying at least some of the factors which have influenced these changes.
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