Labour Markets and Skills

Labour Markets and Skills research in the ESRI incorporates many of the issues central to the functioning of modern societies such as unemployment, pay determination and wellbeing in the workplace. Researchers in this area have published findings on a wide range of issues, including unemployment, earnings and pay bargaining institutions, migration, equality, skills and training, and further education.

Recent research has included examining how effective various activation measures are at increasing employment, how suitable further education programmes are to labour market needs, and how youth labour market participation has changed since the recession. Labour market researchers at the ESRI have also been involved in providing regular reports on Ireland’s labour market progress to the European Commission. Since the beginning of 2015, researchers have submitted a Regular Report to the European Policy Observatory (EEPO), which is funded by the European Commission, on recent developments in the Irish labour market. Reports outlining Irish policy regarding (a) upskilling the unemployed and (b) the use of labour market intelligence, have also been completed for the EEPO in recent months.


Main Publications in Labour Markets and Skills Research Area


Other Misc. Outputs



Participation in School Sport and Post-School Pathways: Evidence from Ireland
May 2, 2015 | Journal Article

Authors: Pete Lunn, Elish Kelly
Research Area: Health and Quality of Life


Changes in Labour Market Transitions in Ireland over the Great Recession: What Role for Policy?
April 29, 2015 | Journal Article

Authors: Adele Bergin, Elish Kelly , Seamus McGuinness
Research Area: Labour Markets and Skills


Employer Changes and Wage Changes: Estimation with Measurement Error in a Binary Variable
April 24, 2015 | Journal Article

Authors: Adele Bergin
Research Area: Labour Markets and Skills


Decomposing the Impacts of Overeducation and Overskilling on Earnings and Job Satisfaction: an Analysis using REFLEX data
April 22, 2015 | Journal Article

Authors: Nuria Sanchez-Sanchez, Seamus McGuinness
Research Area: Labour Markets and Skills


Exploring the Role of Labour Market Uncertainty in Explaining Differences in Rates of Return to Education in Europe
February 25, 2015 | Journal Article

Authors: Maria A. Davia, Seamus McGuinness , Philip J O'Connell
Research Area: Labour Markets and Skills


Impact of the Great Recession on Unemployed Youth and NEET Individuals
February 4, 2015 | ESRI Research Bulletin

Authors: Elish Kelly, Seamus McGuinness , Philip J O'Connell , David Haugh , Alberto Gonzalez Pandiella
Research Area: Labour Markets and Skills


Impact of the Great Recession on Unemployed and NEET Individuals? Labour Market Transitions in Ireland
December 4, 2014 | Journal Article

Authors: Elish Kelly, Seamus McGuinness
Research Area: Labour Markets and Skills


The Impact of Training Programme Type and Duration on the Employment Chances of the Unemployed in Ireland
September 24, 2014 | Journal Article

Authors: Seamus McGuinness, Philip J O'Connell , Elish Kelly
Research Area: Labour Markets and Skills


Transitions In and Out of Unemployment among Young People in the Irish Recession
September 18, 2014 | Journal Article

Authors: Elish Kelly, Seamus McGuinness , Philip J O'Connell , David Haugh , Alberto Gonzalez Pandiella
Research Area: Education | Labour Markets and Skills


The Perceived Probability of Job Loss and Future Labour Market Outcomes
July 23, 2014 | Journal Article

Authors: Seamus McGuinness, Markus Hahn
Research Area: Labour Markets and Skills


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