Seán Lyons

Seán Lyons

Economic Analysis | Associate Research Professor
Seán Lyons specialises in applied microeconomics, and he manages ESRI research programmes on the telecommunications sector and on the environment. He has published research in a diverse set of areas including energy economics and policy; effects of policies on broadband and mobile telephony; how regulation affects competition; determinants of environmental emissions and effects of climate policy; and the economics of disability. Two themes running through Seán’s work are an interest in the distributional effects of public policy and in the behaviour of individuals as consumers of regulated goods and services.

Collaboration is a central element of Seán’s research. He currently participates in several funded collaborative programmes, including research projects on the health effects of urban noise, funded by the EPA, inequalities in local access to GP services, funded by the Health Research Board, and on financial security in Ireland’s older population, funded by the Health Service Executive.

Seán has a PhD in Economics from Trinity College Dublin, an MPhil in Economics from the University of Cambridge and a BA in History from TCD. He joined the ESRI in 2007, and his former posts include Partner at Indecon Economic Consultants, Senior Adviser at the ODTR (now ComReg) and Managing Consultant at London Economics. He is a member of the Public Service Pay Commission and the Council of the Statistical and Social Inquiry Society of Ireland.
Contact Details:

Tel: +353 1 8632000
Direct Line: +353 1 8632019

Latest Publications:
  • Differences in household responses to feedback on their gas consumption
  • Many people never switch telecoms provider: what is different about switchers?
  • Heterogeneity and persistence in the effect of demand side management stimuli on residential gas consumption
  • The impact of broadband and other infrastructure on the location of new business establishments
  • Consumer switching intentions for telecoms services: evidence from Ireland
  • Urban green space and obesity in older adults
  • The local factors that affect where new businesses are set up
  • Urban green space and obesity in older adults: Evidence from Ireland
  • High radon areas and lung cancer prevalence in Ireland
  • The scale of “fuel tourism” across the Irish border

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  • Programmes and Projects:
  • Environment Research Programme
  • Financial Security in the Older Population in Ireland: Assessing the Impact of Austerity and Policy Change
  • Sustainable Electrical Energy Systems Strategic Research Cluster (SEES Cluster)
  • Energy Policy Research Centre (EPRC)
  • Measuring the effects of local infrastructure on the location of inward investment
  • Framework Contract - Studies in the Areas of European Competitiveness 2014-2018
  • Inequalities in Access to GP Care in Ireland: An Analysis using Longitudinal Data
  • Teaching and learning in Irish second-level schools in the age of high-speed broadband
  • Programme of Research in Communications

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