Informed Policy for a Better Ireland

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Positive outlook for Ireland’s economy in 2024 and 2025

The labour market continues to perform robustly and overall inflation is decreasing,

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Poor housing conditions harm family wellbeing

Mothers living in inadequate housing and poorer quality neighbourhoods report more depression, more parenting stress, greater conflict and less closeness with their children and partner. Consequently, their children face increased social and emotional difficulties.

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Minimum wage

Publications mainly from the Labour Markets and Skills research area on policies relating to minimum wage and low pay in Ireland.

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Human behaviour, the economic impact, taxation interventions - our work on climate covers a breadth of topics and spans across our research areas. 

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Our health research focuses on key policy issues such as appropriate financing models to deliver high-quality health care and identifying the causes of persistent inequalities in healthcare outcomes across socioeconomic groups.

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.