Tom Healy is director of the Nevin Economic Research Institute (NERI). He has previously worked in the Economic and Social Research Institute (ESRI), the Northern Ireland Economic Research Centre, the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development, the National Economic and Social Forum and the Department of Education and Skills. He holds a PhD (economics and sociology) from University College Dublin. His research interests include the impact of education and social capital on well-being, housing, healthcare and a social vision and economic strategy for the island of Ireland. He writes a regular blog, Monday Blog, at nerinstitute.net/blog/author/tomhealy/.