Communications and Transport

Research in this area provides evidence for policymakers in the areas of electronic communications and transportation systems, both critical forms of infrastructure underpinning economic growth and providing services that promote an improved standard of living for people across Ireland.

Research in Communications
Electronic communications services make a significant contribution to economic output in their own right, but perhaps more importantly provide essential supporting platforms and applications to other sectors of the economy. The growth and competitiveness of the wider economy is affected by public policy decisions on the development and management of next generation communications infrastructure.

Research in this area bridges the gap between evidence and public policy for policymakers navigating decisions made increasingly complex by rapidly changing technologies and significant investment requirements. Recent research has focused on urgent questions including measuring the impact of broadband in schools, examining the effects of wholesale broadband infrastructure on wider economic outcomes and modelling the market for broadband services.

Research in Transport
Efficient and sustainable transport systems are vital to the national economy. Effective public policy ensures that transport networks have the capacity to support business efficiency and meet the needs of a growing population, expanding urban areas and increasing numbers of commuters.

Researchers in this area provide the analysis required for policymakers to devise informed solutions to the provision and future development of transportation networks across Ireland. In recent years, research has addressed the impact of investment in transportation on regional development; the value placed by homeowners in the Dublin area on multiple types of local transport and the effectiveness of the Dublin-Belfast rail service in promoting increased connectedness between the North and South of Ireland.


Main Publications in Communications and Transport Research Area


Other Misc. Outputs



The Price of Broadband Quality: Tracking the Changing Valuation of Service Characteristics
June 20, 2017 | Journal Article

Authors: Seán Lyons, Bryan Coyne
Research Area: Communications and Transport


The Price of Broadband Quality
December 20, 2016 | ESRI Research Bulletin

Authors: Seán Lyons, Bryan Coyne
Research Area: Communications and Transport


Front Cover of ESRI Research Report No. 51 Teaching and Learning in Second- Level Schools at the Advent of High-Speed Broadband
October 27, 2016 | ESRI Research Series

Authors: Selina McCoy, Seán Lyons , Bryan Coyne , Merike Darmody
Research Area: Communications and Transport


Front cover of The Economic and Social Review Are Classroom Internet Use and Academic Performance Higher after Government Broadband Subsidies to Primary Schools?
September 30, 2015 | Journal Article

Authors: Marie Hyland, Richard Layte , Seán Lyons , Selina McCoy , Mary Silles
Research Area: Communications and Transport


Are Classroom Internet Use and Academic Performance Higher after Government Broadband Subsidies to Primary Schools?
May 12, 2015 | ESRI Research Bulletin

Authors: Marie Hyland, Richard Layte , Seán Lyons , Selina McCoy , Mary Silles
Research Area: Communications and Transport | Education


Broadband Adoption and Firm Productivity: Evidence from Irish Manufacturing Firms
February 27, 2015 | Journal Article

Authors: Stefanie Haller, Seán Lyons
Research Area: Communications and Transport


When Broadband becomes Available in an Area, Who Takes it Up and How Quickly does it Spread?
January 16, 2015 | ESRI Research Bulletin

Authors: Seán Lyons
Research Area: Communications and Transport


Demographic and Economic Forecasting Report: National Transport Model, Volume 3
September 17, 2014

Authors: S Crawford, Edgar Morgenroth , A Murphy
Research Area: Communications and Transport | Macroeconomics | Migration, Integration and Demography


The Regional Development Impacts of Transport Infrastructure: A Literature Review and Policy Implications
September 9, 2014 |

Authors: Edgar Morgenroth
Research Area: Communications and Transport


Timing and Determinants of Local Residential Broadband Adoption: Evidence from Ireland
January 4, 2014 | Journal Article

Authors: Seán Lyons
Research Area: Communications and Transport


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