ESRI Newsletter February 2022

Message from the Director:

Welcome to the February edition of the monthly ESRI newsletter. I had intended to write about the lifting of restrictions and to welcome some normalcy in our day-to-day lives. However, in light of recent events in Ukraine, I wanted to express my horror and to extend my sympathies to all impacted.

This month we published Home support services in Ireland: Exchequer and distributional impacts of funding options. This report was the final publication from a research programme funded by the Department of Health which analysed the development of the new home support scheme. To have our research directly feed into policy is a never-ending source of pride for the Institute.

 The Behavioural Research Unit published two more Social Activity Measures and a Research Bulletin How emissions charges and fuel-efficiency information are presented alter consumer car choices. Another climate-related Bulletin, this time from the Energy, Environment and Infrastructure team, was Gathering support for carbon taxation by combining transfers with lower income taxes. You can find links to read both below.

We have two events coming up. Minister for Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth, Roderic O’Gorman TD will launch Children of migrants: how are they faring? later this week. On March 10th, we will launch An analysis of the primary care systems of Ireland and Northern Ireland, the latest publication from a joint research programme between the Department of Taoiseach’s Shared Island Unit and the ESRI on the economic and social opportunities from increased cooperation on the Shared Island. Both events will be online, but we hope to announce hybrid events soon. Register at the links below.


Professor Alan Barrett