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



Infrastructure, Transport Costs and Trade
February 1, 1999 | Journal Article

Authors: S Bougheas, Edgar Morgenroth
Research Area: Communications and Transport


The Macro-Economic Effects of the Investment in Roads under the Transport Operational Programme
December 31, 1998

Authors: John FitzGerald, Fergal Shortall
Research Area: Communications and Transport | Macroeconomics


Redirecting Transport Taxes
October 1, 1998 | Budget Perspectives

Authors: Sue Scott, Bernard Feeney
Research Area: Communications and Transport | Energy and Environment


The Tourism Sector
July 1, 1996 | Book/Report Chapter

Authors: Jane Kelly
Research Area: Communications and Transport


A Note on the Employment Content of Major Road Improvement Schemes
August 31, 1993

Authors: John FitzGerald
Research Area: Communications and Transport | Labour Markets and Skills


The Macro Economic Effects of the Operational Programme on Peripherality
June 30, 1992

Authors: John FitzGerald
Research Area: Communications and Transport | Macroeconomics


An Analysis of Cross-Border Shopping
March 1, 1988 | General Research Series

Authors: John FitzGerald, T P Quinn , Brendan Whelan , James Williams
Research Area: Communications and Transport


Aspects of Freight Transport in Ireland
November 1, 1985 | General Research Series

Authors: J Short
Research Area: Communications and Transport | Energy and Environment


The Value of Cost Benefit Analysis of Road Projects
April 1, 1985 | QEC Special Article

Authors: Nicholas Mansergh
Research Area: Communications and Transport | Macroeconomics


Comment on ‘The Value of Cost Benefit Analysis of Road Projects’
April 1, 1985 | Journal Article

Research Area: Communications and Transport | Macroeconomics


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