Oldham, C.H. 'The incidence of emigration on town and country life in Ireland'. - Dublin: Journal of the Statistical and Social Inquiry Society of Ireland,Vol. XIII Part XCIV, 1913/1914, pp207-218
Journal of The Statistical and Social Inquiry Society of Ireland Vol. XIII Part XCIV 1913/1914
To the student of economics Ireland always presents a
budget of paradoxes. Things which are abnormal elsewhere
are here normal and commonplace. The usual laws
of cause and effect may, by an act of faith, be presumed to
operate; but they elude recognition with a whimsical contrariety
so that the wisest of us only differ from the "man
in the street" in being less cocksure that we know all
about it. I know no reason for this paradoxical aspect of
Irish life except that Ireland is a country where the population
has been shrinking continuously for above sixty
years. The rules that we habitually apply to interpret the
significance of economic facts in other countries require
readjustment when we come to apply them to Ireland because
of this unique circumstance. Lest we forget to bear
in mind what everybody knows I begin by setting down
the familiar figures showing the movement of the population
in the different parts of the United Kingdom.
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