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I recently gave a presentation at the NERI Labour Market conference titled “The Regional Economic Impact of COVID-19:The Western Region and AEC”.

The video of the session “The Pandemic and the Labour Market” is now available on YouTube.

The presentation slides are available here.

WDC Economic Analysis of the Impacts of COVID-19.

The presentation was based upon my research area surrounding the regional economic impacts of COVID-19.

This work began at the start of the pandemic and led to the development of the WDC Timely Economic Indicators which is published quarterly.

In October 2020, I published an Economic Letter with Rea Lydon from the Central Bank of Ireland and in March 2021 I released a report that examined the year 2020 in economic statistics from a regional perspective.

A short Twitter thread on the presentation is available from my account here.


The views expressed here are those of the author and do not necessarily represent or reflect the views of the WDC.

Luke McGrath


Policy Analysis Team