O'Riordan, William K. 'Is Irish public sector employment a burden?'. - Dublin: Journal of the Statistical and Social Inquiry Society of Ireland,Vol. XXVI, Pt. II, 1989/1990, pp1-29
Journal of the Statistical and Social Inquiry Society of Ireland Vol. XXVI, Pt. II, 1989/1990
In Ireland at the time of writing, strenuous efforts are being made to
reduce the numbers at work in the public sector. Employment cuts of
one form or another in health, education and public administration make
news almost daily. This is not altogether surprising, since Irish economists
have, for a generation, been warning of the disasters which are likely to be
caused by the growth of public sector employment. As a result, it came
to be believed that the Irish public sector was much too big and growing
at an almost uncontrollable rate. The consequences of this were expected
to be high unemployment, reduced employment in the non-government
sectors, and a slowing of economic growth. The main reason for these
effects was held to be the unbearable tax burden imposed by the public
sector. However, the growing political power of the public sector and the
draining of talent from the 'productive1 private sector were also feared.
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