Informed Policy for a Better Ireland

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Growing Up in Ireland: The Lives of 20-Year-Olds — Making the Transition to Adulthood

This report explores the lives of young adults who were 20 years old in 2018/19 and who have been followed by researchers since they were just 9 years old. Over 5,000 20-year-olds described their lives and well-being in the areas of health, work, home, education, relationships, and leisure time.

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Growth remains strong despite ongoing pandemic uncertainty and greater than expected rates of inflation

Despite continued uncertainty surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic, we expect overall strong growth this year, with Irish GDP set to increase by 13.6 per cent. The double-digit growth rate is largely due to multinational related activities, in particular strong export figures. 

Research Areas

The mission of the Economic and Social Research Institute is to advance evidence-based policymaking that supports economic sustainability and social progress in Ireland. ESRI researchers apply the highest standards of academic excellence to challenges facing policymakers, focusing on 11 areas of critical importance to 21st Century Ireland.