Martina Lawless joined the ESRI as an Associate Research Professor in January 2015. She previously worked as a research economist in the Central Bank of Ireland. She has a doctorate from Trinity College Dublin on the determinants of firm exporting patterns. Her research has focused primarily on firm-level dynamics, covering a range of topics such job turnover, exporting, wage setting and foreign direct investment. Her current projects at the ESRI relate to taxation, firm credit access, export diversification and innovation. In addition to the use of micro data sources, she has worked on the development of a number of surveys at firm and household level. These include a large scale survey of Irish household finance currently being carried out in conjunction with the CSO. Her work has been published in journals such as the Journal of International Economics, Scandinavian Journal of Economics, Small Business Economics, Canadian Journal of Economics and Economica.