John R. Walsh has been working at the ESRI since 1995. He received his Bachelor of Science Degree in Applied Mathematical Sciences from Dublin City University in 1991. He received his Master of Science Degree in Computer Applications entitled "Reliability Analysis of Off-Shore Production Systems" in 1994 also from Dublin City University where his studies were funded by an Eolas Student Scholarship.
His work at the ESRI is primarily on the design and development of the SWITCH model. He has worked on numerous projects including:
•Tax and Welfare Reform
•Towards a Dynamic Tax-Benefit Model
•Basic Income Studyt
He has extensive expertise in statistical analysis, and in the design and programming of computing packages. He has a keen interest in the design and development of statistical simulation systems. His experience includes the use of a wide range of programming languages (C, C++, Visual Basic) and statistical/database management packages (SAS, SPSSX, Access, Paradox & SQL Server).
The ESRI works towards a national vision of ‘Informed policy for a better Ireland’. This means producing high-quality analysis to provide robust evidence for policymaking, with the goals of research excellence and policy impact.
The ESRI produces research that contributes to understanding economic and social change in the new international context and that informs public policymaking and civil society in Ireland.