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 Impact of the UK Aviation Tax on Carbon Dioxide Emissions and Visitor Numbers
September 7, 2007 | Journal Article

Authors: Karen Mayor, Richard Tol
Research Area: Communications and Transport | Energy and Environment


The Impact of Climate Change on Tourism in Germany, the UK and Ireland: A Simulation Study
July 25, 2007 | Journal Article

Authors: Richard Tol
Research Area: Communications and Transport | Energy and Environment


A Global Database of domestic and International Tourist Numbers at National and Subnational Level
May 14, 2007 | Journal Article

Authors: A Bigano, Richard Tol , Y Zhou
Research Area: Communications and Transport


Delayed Indefinitely: Regulatory Reform of the Irish Bus Industry
March 30, 2007 | QEC Special Article

Authors: Patrick Massey
Research Area: Communications and Transport


Quarterly Economic Commentary, Spring 2007
March 30, 2007 | ESRI Forecasting Series

Authors: Alan Barrett, Ide Kearney , Yvonne McCarthy
Research Area: Communications and Transport | Labour Markets and Skills | Macroeconomics


Airline Emissions of Carbon Dioxide in the European Trading System
March 9, 2007 | Journal Article

Authors: John FitzGerald, Richard Tol
Research Area: Communications and Transport | Energy and Environment


The Impact of a Carbon Tax on International Tourism
February 16, 2007 | Journal Article

Authors: Richard Tol
Research Area: Communications and Transport | Energy and Environment


Investment in Water Infrastructure: findings from an economic analysis of a national programme
January 3, 2007 | Journal Article

Authors: John Lawlor, Colm McCarthy , Sue Scott
Research Area: Communications and Transport | Energy and Environment


Evaluating Transport 21 — Some Economic Aspects
December 21, 2006 | QEC Special Article

Research Area: Communications and Transport | Energy and Environment


Predicting the Probability of Long-Term Unemployment in Ireland Using Administrative Data
November 10, 2006 | Journal Article

Authors: A Bigano, Richard Tol
Research Area: Communications and Transport | Energy and Environment


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