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Alan Barrett

Alan Barrett

Research Professor


Professor Alan Barrett is Head of the Economic Analysis Division at the ESRI. He is also an Adjunct Professor at the Department of Economics, Trinity College Dublin. He is a member of the Irish Fiscal Advisory Council, having been appointed by the Minister for Finance in July 2011.

Alan joined the ESRI in 1994, upon the completion of his doctoral studies at Michigan State University. His main research areas are labour economics and population economics. He has published in these areas in journals such as Labour Economics, Journal of Population Economics, Oxford Review of Economic Policy, Economics Letters, Industrial and Labor Relations Review, British Journal of Industrial Relations, European Journal of Population, International Migration Review, Population Research and Policy Review, Economic and Social Review and National Institute Economic Review.

Earlier in his career at the ESRI he undertook work on environmental economics. In 1997, he co-authored a book on environmental policy (The Fiscal System and the Polluter Pays Principle: A Case-study of Ireland, published by Ashgate). Between 2005 and 2010, he was a co-author of the Institute’s Quarterly Economic Commentary.

Between 2001 and 2003, Alan was seconded to the Department of Finance (Ireland's Treasury) where he worked on the long-term fiscal implications of population ageing. Between 2011 and 2013, he was seconded to the Irish Longitudinal Study on Ageing (TILDA) at Trinity College Dublin where he worked as Project Director.

Alan is a Research Fellow with IZA (Institute for the Study of Labor) in Bonn, Germany and is a co-editor of the IZA Journal of European Labor Studies.

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