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Welcome to the ESRI Newsletter for February 2012. In this issue you will find details of our latest and forthcoming publications, events and news. If you require any further information on the ESRI's activities please visit our website at, or email The ESRI is now on Twitter, at @ESRIDublin, so please follow us to get the latest on events and publications.

Forthcoming Events

(Please note that the dates of forthcoming events may change. Please check our website regularly).

Growing Up in Ireland - Report Launch and Policy Seminar with An Taoiseach, Mr Enda Kenny, T.D. and Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Ms Frances Fitzgerald, T.D.
Venue: Conference Centre, Dublin Castle.
Date: Thursday 8/03/2012; Time: 11.30 - 14.00.
Growing Up in Ireland - National Longitudinal Study of Children will launch the report How Families Matter for Social and Emotional Outcomes of 9-year -old Children, by Elizabeth Nixon, on Thursday 8 March 2012. This launch will be followed by Growing Up in Ireland – A Policy Seminar, with An Taoiseach, Mr. Enda Kenny, T.D. and the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Ms. Frances Fitzgerald, T.D. If interested in attending please contact Claire Delaney at, by Monday 5th March 2012. More ..

Growing Up in Ireland Data Workshop
Venue: The ESRI, Whitaker Square, Sir John Rogerson’s Quay, Dublin 2
Date: Wednesday 14/03/2012, Time: 10am - 1pm.
Growing Up in Ireland will host a Data Workshop to promote and support the use of both the Child Cohort and Infant Cohort datasets on Wednesday 14th March. Training will cover a range of topics and is designed to give a comprehensive overview of the conduct of the study, the data themselves and supporting documentation. Researchers who have previously attended a data workshop should note that this upcoming workshop will cover much of the same content. Those interested in attending should email and indicate which dataset, Child Cohort (9 Years) or Infant Cohort (9 Months), is of interest. Places are strictly limited and allocated on a ‘first-come first-served’ basis. There is no registration fee for the workshop. More..

ESRI Conference on Economic Renewal: "Economic Adjustment'
Venue: ESRI, Whitaker Square, Sir John Rogerson's Quay, Dublin 2.
Wednesday 28 March, 2012. Time: 8.30 – 13.00.
The Irish economy is undergoing radical adjustment in the face of adversity. How can the necessary adjustment best be achieved? The fourth ESRI Renewal Conference will examine the best available domestic and international evidence relating to the need for rapid economic adjustment. Papers will address:

  • What explains the apparent inflexibility of wages in the Irish labour market?
  • What does evidence tell us about designing a property tax?
  • How can competition and regulatory policies help in economic recovery?

Papers will be followed by a response from an expert in the field and an open Q&A session. For further information and to book a place please visit our website. The Economic Renewal Conference Series is supported by FBD Trust.

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Latest Publications

Quarterly Economic Commentary, Winter 2011/Spring 2012
Duffy, D., Durkan, J., O'Sullivan, C., ESRI Forecasting Series, Dublin: ESRI, 24/02/2012.
This QEC also contains a Special Article and two ESRI Research Bulletin Articles as follows:

"Distributional Impact of Tax, Welfare and Public Sector Pay Policies: 2009-2012"
Callan, T., Keane, C., Savage, M., Walsh, J. R., Special Article in the Quarterly Economic Commentary, Winter 2011/Spring 2012, Dublin: ESRI, 24/02/2012.

"What Determines the Diffusion of ICT at Firm Level?"
Haller, S., Siedschlag, I., ESRI Research Bulletin No. 2012/1/1, 24/02/2012.

"A Statistical Analysis of Households and Families in Ireland"
Lunn, P., ESRI Research Bulletin No. 2012/1/2, 24/02/2012.

"Building Research Capacity in the Social Sciences – Alternatives Approaches"
Ruane, F., Whelan, B. (TCD), Journal of the Statistical and Social Inquiry Society of Ireland, Vol. 40, 2010-2011, pp133-151, 27/02/2012.

"Can Policy Improve Our Financial Decision-Making?"
Lunn, P., ESRI Economic Renewal Series No. 8, 29/02/12.

"Civil War, Climate Change, and Development: A Scenario Study for Sub-Saharan Africa"
Devitt, C. (University of Chicago), Tol, R. S. J., Journal of Peace Research, Vol. 49, No. 1, January 2012, pp129-145,, 06/02/12.

Consumer Sentiment Index
Latest Consumer Sentiment Index report.

"From Data to Policy Analysis: Tax-benefit Modelling Using SILC 2008"
Callan, T., Keane, C., Walsh, J. R., Lane, M., Statistical and Social Inquiry Society of Ireland, Vol. 40, 2010-11, pp1-10, 27/02/2012.

"Irish Housing: A Role for Loan-to-Value Limits?"
Duffy, D., ESRI Economic Renewal Series No. 007, 29/02/12.

Nationwide (UK) Ireland Savings Index
Latest report produced jointly by the ESRI and Nationwide (UK) Ireland.

"Simply Academic? Why Children with Special Educational Needs Don't Like School"
McCoy, S., Banks, J., European Journal of Special Needs Education, Vol.27, Issue 1, February 2012, pp.81-97,, Published online 16 January 2012, 07/02/12.

"The Impact of Ireland’s Recession on the Labour Market Outcomes of its Immigrants"
Barrett, A., Kelly, E., European Journal of Population, Vol. 28, No. 1, 2012, pp.99-111,, Published online 11 November 2011, 16/02/2012.

"'There Was Never Really Any Question of Anything Else': Young People's Agency, Institutional Habitus and the Transition to Higher Education"
Smyth, E., Banks, J., British Journal of Sociology, Vol. 33, No. 2, March 2012,, Published online 21 February 2012, 21/02/2012.

ESRI Research Bulletin - To view all ESRI Research Bulletin articles visit our website at

ESRI Economic Renewal Series Papers - To view all ESRI Economic Renewal Series papers visit our website.

Newspaper/Magazine Articles by ESRI staff - To view the latest Newspaper/Magazine Articles by ESRI staff please visit our website at

ESRI Working Papers - To view the latest ESRI Working Papers please visit our website at

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Forthcoming Publications

(Please note that the publication dates of forthcoming publications may change. Please check the website regularly).

Annual Report on Migration and International Protection Statistics for Ireland: 2009
Joyce, C., ESRI Survey and Statistical Report Series No. 40, Dublin: ESRI, March 2012.

Practical Measures for Reducing Irregular Migration: Ireland
Quinn, E., Kingston, G., Report prepared for the European Commission Directorate-General Home Affairs and published by the ESRI, Dublin: ESRI, March 2012.

"Cumulative Disadvantage? Educational Careers of Migrant Students in Irish Secondary Schools"
Darmody, M., Byrne, D.(NUI Maynooth), McGinnity, F., Race Ethnicity and Education, March 2012.

"Disproportionality in Special Education: Identifying Children with Emotional Behavioural Difficulties in Irish Primary Schools"
Banks, J., Shevlin, M. (TCD), McCoy, S., European Journal of Special Needs Education, 2012, March 2012.

"School Matters: How Context Influences the Identification of Different Types of Special Educational Needs"
McCoy, S., Banks, J., Shevlin, M.(TCD), Irish Educational Studies, March 2012

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New Projects

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Other News

ESRI Conference on Economic Renewal: "Financial Stability After the Crisis"
Financial Stability After the Crisis was the theme of the third in a special series of conferences on economic renewal, hosted by the ESRI. This Conference included a paper from the new Deputy Governor of the Central Bank of Ireland, Stefan Gerlach, on macro-prudential policy in Ireland, and two papers that explored what current international and domestic evidence can tell us about policies to prevent house-price bubbles and to improve consumer decision-making in financial services. More. The Economic Renewal Conference Series is supported by FBD Trust.

The 2012 ESRI Geary Lecture: "Skill, Job Control and the Quality of Work: the Changing Research Agenda"
The 2012 Geary Lecture, held at the ESRI on Wednesday 22 February, was delivered by Professor Duncan Gallie, Nuffield College, University of Oxford. More.

Job Vacancies for Economists

Research Assistants -
Applied Industrial Economics, Energy Economics and Macroeconomics: Applications are now invited for Research Assistant positions. These positions are open to graduates with a high grade on a post-graduate economics degree or a first class honours undergraduate degree majoring in economics. The Research Assistantship programme is of two years’ duration. Participants will receive dedicated supervision and appropriate additional training. On completion of the programme, Research Assistants will have acquired excellent skills which may be applied to PhD research or to research positions in the public and private sectors. More ..

Post-Doctoral Research Fellow in International Economics:
We wish to recruit a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow for projects in the area of Internationalisation and Competitiveness. The role will involve conducting empirical analysis of the effects of internationalisation of production and services on innovation, productivity and employment. More ..

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