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.
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Latest Publications: Differences in household responses to feedback on their gas consumptionMany people never switch telecoms provider: what is different about switchers?Heterogeneity and persistence in the effect of demand side management stimuli on residential gas consumptionThe impact of broadband and other infrastructure on the location of new business establishmentsConsumer switching intentions for telecoms services: evidence from IrelandUrban green space and obesity in older adultsThe local factors that affect where new businesses are set upUrban green space and obesity in older adults: Evidence from IrelandHigh radon areas and lung cancer prevalence in IrelandThe scale of “fuel tourism” across the Irish border
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Programmes and Projects: Environment Research ProgrammeFinancial Security in the Older Population in Ireland: Assessing the Impact of Austerity and Policy ChangeSustainable Electrical Energy Systems Strategic Research Cluster (SEES Cluster)Energy Policy Research Centre (EPRC)Measuring the effects of local infrastructure on the location of inward investmentFramework Contract - Studies in the Areas of European Competitiveness 2014-2018Inequalities in Access to GP Care in Ireland: An Analysis using Longitudinal DataTeaching and learning in Irish second-level schools in the age of high-speed broadbandProgramme of Research in Communications