Seamus McGuinness

Seamus McGuinness

Economic Analysis | Research Professor
Seamus McGuinness is a Research Professor and the Research Area Co-ordinator for labour market research at the Economic and Social Research Institute. Prior to joining the Institute, he held posts at Queens University Belfast, the Northern Ireland Economic Research Centre and the Melbourne Institute of Applied Economic & Social Research (University of Melbourne).

He obtained his PhD in Economics from Queens University Belfast in 2003. Most of his published research has been in the areas of labour economics and the economics of education, he has a particular expertise in the areas of education and skill mismatches. In addition to his work on the Irish labour market, he has also led a number of European labour studies involving numerous international research partners.

Seamus is also a research fellow in the Institute of Labour Studies (IZA) in the University of Bonn and an Adjunct Associate Professor at the National Institute for Labour Studies in Flinders University Australia. He is the designated expert on the Irish labour market in the European Commission’s European Employment and Policy Observatory (EEPO).
Contact Details:

Tel: +353 1 8632000
Direct Line: +353 1 8632067

Latest Publications:
  • Assessing the stability of employment among young people in Ireland after the Great Recession
  • An examination of early retirement in Ireland pre and post the Great Recession
  • Overeducation among European university graduates: A constraint or a choice?
  • A study of minimum wage employment in Ireland: the role of worker, household and job characteristics
  • Did increasing the state pension age in Ireland affect the overall retirement rate of 65 year olds?
  • Using monitoring data to assess community development: Evidence from Ireland
  • Introduction: skills and education mismatch
  • Is there a role for higher education institutions in improving the quality of first employment?
  • What are the drivers of overeducation?
  • Skills and education mismatch: Policy themes

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  • Programmes and Projects:
  • Evaluation of the National Youthreach Programme
  • Asian Development Bank
  • Research Programme on Community Development and Social Inclusion
  • Programme on Issues impacting on Minimum Wage and Low Pay in Ireland
  • An Initial Evaluation of the Effectiveness of the Intreo Activation Process Reforms
  • Making Growth More Inclusive by Better Integrating Migrants in Ireland
  • An Evaluation of the Back to Education Allowance
  • STYLE: Strategic Transitions for Youth Labour in Europe
  • European Employment Policy Observatory National Expert
  • Transitions in and out of Unemployment among Young People in the Irish Recession

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