Martina Lawless

Martina Lawless

Economic Analysis | Associate Research Professor
Martina Lawless joined the ESRI as an Associate Research Professor in January 2015. She previously worked as a research economist in the Central Bank of Ireland. She has a doctorate from Trinity College Dublin on the determinants of firm exporting patterns.

Her research has focused primarily on firm-level dynamics, covering a range of topics such job turnover, exporting, wage setting and foreign direct investment. Her current projects at the ESRI relate to taxation, firm credit access, export diversification and innovation. In addition to the use of micro data sources, she has worked on the development of a number of surveys at firm and household level. These include a large scale survey of Irish household finance currently being carried out in conjunction with the CSO.

Her work has been published in journals such as the Journal of International Economics, Scandinavian Journal of Economics, Small Business Economics, Canadian Journal of Economics and Economica.

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Tel: +353 1 8632000
Direct Line: +353 1 8632116

Latest Publications:
  • Irish-UK services trade and Brexit
  • Intermediate goods inputs and the UK content of Irish good exports
  • Brexit and Irish consumers
  • Estimating an SME investment gap and the contribution of financing frictions
  • Productivity spillovers from multinational activity to indigenous firms in Ireland
  • Cross-border trade & supply chain linkages report
  • Old firms and new products: Does experience increase survival?
  • Gifts and inheritances in Ireland
  • Ireland's international trade and transport connections
  • How sensitive is Irish income tax revenue to underlying economic activity?

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  • Programmes and Projects:
  • Joint Research Programme on the Macroeconomy, Taxation and Banking
  • Research Programme on Enterprises and Cross-Border Trade
  • Study on Investment Needs and Obstacles Along Industrial Value Chains
  • Research Programme on Enterprise Exporting, Innovation and Productivity
  • Employment Transitions among People with a Disability in Ireland
  • SME Financing in Economic Recovery
  • SMEs, Credit Constraints and Growth - A Cross-Border Study

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