Informed Policy for a Better Ireland

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Subtle features of online banking tools can sway consumer choices

Default settings of online loan calculators can lead consumers to choose a more expensive loan. These results come from a behavioural experiment carried out by the ESRI’s Behavioural Research Unit and funded by the Competition and Consumer Protection Commission.

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Unequal supply of health and social care across counties in Ireland

New research finds that the counties of Kildare, Meath and Wicklow had the lowest supply overall of ten primary, community and long-term care services. An infographic illustrating key findings from the study is available to download. 

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 12 areas of critical importance to 21st Century Ireland.