Informed Policy for a Better Ireland

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Prudent government borrowing can mitigate inadequate housing supply and upward pressure on prices and rent

In this paper, we address the undersupply of residential housing. Given the recent, adverse impacts of pandemic-related public health restrictions on housing supply, we argue that a significant increase in the provision of publicly provided housing is now required to help bridge the growing gap between actual supply levels and the structural demand for housing.

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Ireland’s Young Workers 6 times More Likely to Be on Temporary Contracts than those over 25

New research sets out how young people, people with disabilities, Travellers and East European migrants are at much higher risk of disadvantage around employment and have less access to what the International Labour Organisation defines as decent work. The report entitled “Monitoring Decent Work in Ireland” sets out how these groups have seen consistent inequalities in access to employment, job security and seniority.

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.