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ESRI Seminars

ESRI Seminars usually take place on Thursdays at 4 p.m. in the ESRI at Sir John Rogerson's Quay, unless stated otherwise. No booking is required. Please note that Seminar dates may change. Please check the web site regularly, at

ESRI Policy Seminar "Social & Economic Effects of the Green Schools Programme"
Date: 04/06/2009
Time: 4 p.m.
Speaker: Michael John O’Mahony, An Taisce.

ESRI Research Seminar: "Intra- and Extra-union Flexibility for Meeting the EU Greenhouse Gas Emission Reduction Targets"
Date: 11/06/2009
Time: 4 p.m.
Speakers: Paul Gorecki, Sean Lyons and Richard Tol (ESRI). 

ESRI Research Seminar "Equity in Irish Healthcare: What Do We Really Mean?"
Date: 18/06/2009
Time: 4 p.m.
Speaker: Samantha Smith, ESRI and Health Policy and Management, TCD.

ESRI Research Seminar: "Linguistic Elitism and Gender in the Irish Labour Market"
Date: 25/06/2009
Time: 4 p.m.
Speaker: Vani K Borooah, University of Ulster.

ESRI Research Seminar "Electricity Infrastructure Investment: Options for Ireland"
Date: 02/07/2009
Time: 4 p.m.
Speakers: Sean Diffney, Sean Lyons and Laura Malaguzzi Valeri (ESRI).

ESRI Research Seminar "Does Money Matter for Schools?"
Date: 09/07/2009
Time: 4 p.m.
Speaker: Sandra McNally, CEE, London School of Economics.

ESRI Research Seminar "Do Agglomeration Economies Reduce the Sensitivity of Firm Location to Tax Differentials?"
Date: 23/07/2009
Time: 4 p.m.
Speaker: Marius Brülhart, University of Lausanne.


6th Euroframe Conference on Economic Policy Issues in the EU "Causes and Consequences of the Current Financial Crisis: what lessons for European Union countries?"

Venue: London; Date: 12/06/2009.
The EUROFRAME group of research institutes (CASE, CPB, DIW, ESRI, ETLA, IfW, NIESR, OFCE, PROMETEIA, WIFO) will hold its sixth annual Conference on Economic Policy Issues in the European Union in London on 12 June 2009. The aim of the conference is to provide an economic forum for debate on economic policy issues relevant in the European context.

Catherine Mathieu:, tel.: +33 (0) 1 44 18 54 37.

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Discrimination in Recruitment: Evidence from a Field Experiment
McGinnity, F., Nelson, J., Lunn, P., Quinn, E., Dublin: The Equality Authority and the ESRI, May 2009.  

Investing in Education: Combating Educational Disadvantage
Smyth, E, McCoy, S., ESRI Research Series No. 6, Dublin, May 2009.

Recovery Scenarios for Ireland
Bergin, A., Conefrey, T., Fitz Gerald, J., Kearney, I., ESRI Research Series No. 7, Dubln, May 2009.

"Convergence of Consumption Patterns During Macroeconomic Transition: A Model of Demand in Ireland and the OECD"
Lyons, S., Mayor, K., Tol, R.S.J., Economic Modelling, Vol. 26, Issue 3, May 2009, doi:10.1016/j.econmod.2009.01.017, Published online 25 February 2009, The Netherlands: Elsevier.

"Changes in the Returns to Schooling 1991-2002: Evidence from the British Household Panel Survey"
McGuinness, S., Bennett, J. (ERINI), Education Economics, Vol. 17, No. 2, June 2009, pp.167-184, DOI: 10.1080/09645290802133198, Published online 13 June 2008, London: Routledge.

"Eligibility for Free Primary Care and Avoidable Hospitalisations in Ireland"
Nolan, A., ESRI Working Paper No. 296, May 2009.

"Europeanization of Inequality and European Reference Groups"
Whelan, C.T., Maitre, B., Journal of European Social Policy, Vol. 19, No. 2, 2009, DOI: 10.1177/0958928708101865, pp.117–130, London: Sage.

"EU Climate Change Policy 2013-2020: Using the Clean Development Mechanism More Effectively"
Gorecki, P.K., Lyons, S., Tol, R.S.J., ESRI Working Paper No. 299, May 2009.

"Exporting and Ownership Contributions to Irish Manufacturing Productivity Growth"
Gleeson, A. (Waterford IT), Ruane, F., ESRI Working Paper No. 297, May 2009.

"Holiday Destinations: Understanding the Travel Choices of Irish Tourists"
Lyons, S., Mayor, K., Tol, R.S.J., Tourism Management, Vol. 30, Issue 5, 2009, pp.683–692, DOI: 10.1016/j.tourman.2008.10.024, published online 23 May 2009. The Netherlands: Elsevier.

"Irish Public Capital Spending in a Recession"
Morgenroth, E., ESRI Working Paper No. 298, May 2009.

"Labour Market Mismatch Among UK Graduates; An Analysis Using REFLEX Data"
McGuinness, S., Sloane, P.J. (Swansea University), ESRI Working Paper No. 294, May 2009.

"Managing Household Waste in Ireland: Behavioural Parameters and Policy Options"
Curtis, J. (EPA), Lyons, S., O'Callaghan-Platt, A. (TCD), ESRI Working Paper No. 295, May 2009.

"Improving Access to Primary Care in Ireland: do GP charges matter?"
Layte, R, Nolan, A. ESRI Research Bulletin 2009/2/1

"Assessing Vulnerability of Selected Sectors under Envirinomental Tax Reform"
Fitz Gerald, J, Keeney, M, Scott, S. ESRI Research Bulletin 2009/2/2

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Adapting to Diversity: Irish Schools and Newcomer Students
Smyth, E., Darmody, M., McGinnity, F., Byrne, D., ESRI Research Series No. 8, June 2009.

Study on the Costs of Participating in Higher Education
McCoy, S., Calvert, E., Smyth, E., Darmody, M., the ESRI and the Higher Education Authority, June 2009.

"Tax and Labour Supply: Evidence from Ireland"
Callan, T., ESRI Research Bulletin, June 2009.

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The 2009 ESRI Geary Lecture
The 2009 ESRI Geary Lecture entitled "The Challenge of Tax Reform and Expanding the Tax Base" was given by Professor James Poterba, National Bureau of Economic Research, on 28th May. For details visit the ESRI website. For further details on Dr Poterba please visit the website

The Geary lecture is organised each year by the ESRI and honours Dr R. C. Geary (1896 - 1983), the first Director of the Institute. Dr Geary is regarded as the most eminent Irish statistician of the twentieth century. Lectures have been given by some of the world’s foremost scholars in the fields of economics, statistics and sociology, including a number of Nobel Prize winners.

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