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Research Areas

Research in the ESRI

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 is an independent research institute. We work to a rigorous peer review process, which ensures high academic standards are met. We are committed to publishing research, regardless of the findings or the source of funding.

For more, please view our Statement of Research Ethics, find out more about our Independence, or read our previous Reviews of Research.

Research Areas

The ESRI organises its research across 12 areas, listed below. Each area is headed by one or more senior researchers who coordinate its research activities. The research agenda is influenced by current policy issues, research expertise and available funding.

For more information click on the headings below, or search for a specific project.

1. Macroeconomics 7. Education
Macro modelling; Housing markets; SMEs; Household behaviour; Consumer sentiment Educational pathways; Schools and learning; Special education needs; Higher education
2. Internationalisation and Competitiveness 8. Taxation, Welfare and Pensions
Trade; Foreign direct investment; Innovation; Productivity Tax and Welfare policy; Tax modelling
3. Energy and Environment 9. Social Inclusion and Equality
Energy markets; Regulation; Renewable power; Environmental valuation; Climate policy Inequality; Discrimination; Social Disadvantage; Poverty
4. Communications and Transport 10. Health and Quality of Life
e-commerce; Broadband; Infrastructure Access to Healthcare; Healthcare quality; Health inequalities; Health systems; Wellbeing; Working Conditions
5. Labour Markets and Skills 11. Children and Young People
Unemployment; Skills and training; Further education Childhood; Adolescence; Family
11. Migration, Integration and Demography 12. Behavioural Economics
Immigration; Integration monitoring; Ageing Consumer decision-making