On the Rapidity of Ireland’s Recovery

The slides from this seminar are available to download HERE.


  • Frank Barry, Professor of International Business and Economic Development, Trinity College Dublin
  • Adele Bergin, Senior Research Officer, ESRI

Venue: ESRI, Whitaker Square, Sir John Rogerson’s Quay, Dublin 2.

Seminar Topic:

Ireland’s exceptional openness to international trade and factor flows causes it to resemble more a regional than a conventional national economy.  Regional economies can grow, decline, and recover more dramatically than conventional national economies since capital and labour inflows complement each other.  Regional economies are driven by their 'export base', analysis of which in the Irish case requires that we distinguish between the very different characteristics of the foreign-owned and indigenous sectors.  The speakers compare their perspective to other explanations that have been offered for the rapidity of the Irish recovery.

Speaker Bios:

Frank Barry is Professor of International Business and Economic Development at the Trinity Business School.  He holds a PhD in Economics from Queen's University, Ontario, and has held academic positions at the University of California, the University of Stockholm and the University of New South Wales, and with the Harvard Institute for International Development.

Dr. Adele Bergin is a Senior Research Officer at the ESRI. Her research interests are in labour economics and macroeconomics. In labour economics, she has a particular interest in labour market transitions, mismatch in the labour market and migration.

About the ESRI Seminar Series

The ESRI organises a public seminar series, inviting researchers from both the ESRI and other institutions to present new research on a variety of public policy issues. The seminar series provides access to specialised knowledge and new research methodologies, with the objective of promoting research excellence and facilitating productive dialogue across the policy and research fields.