Seamus McGuinness

Seamus McGuinness

Economic Analysis | Research Professor
Seamus McGuinness is a Research Professor and the Research Area Co-ordinator for labour market research at the Economic and Social Research Institute. Prior to joining the Institute, he held posts at Queens University Belfast, the Northern Ireland Economic Research Centre and the Melbourne Institute of Applied Economic & Social Research (University of Melbourne).

He obtained his PhD in Economics from Queens University Belfast in 2003. Most of his published research has been in the areas of labour economics and the economics of education, he has a particular expertise in the areas of education and skill mismatches. In addition to his work on the Irish labour market, he has also led a number of European labour studies involving numerous international research partners.

Seamus is also a research fellow in the Institute of Labour Studies (IZA) in the University of Bonn and an Adjunct Associate Professor at the National Institute for Labour Studies in Flinders University Australia. He is the designated expert on the Irish labour market in the European Commission’s European Employment and Policy Observatory (EEPO).
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Tel: +353 1 8632000
Direct Line: +353 1 8632067

Latest Publications:
  • The gender wage gap in Europe: Job preferences, gender convergence and distributional effects
  • An examination of the labour market transitions of minimum wage workers
  • Overeducation in Europe: trends, convergence, and drivers
  • European Centre of Expertise (ECE) in the field of labour law, employment and labour market policy — Labour Market Policy Thematic Review 2018: An in-depth analysis of the emigration of skilled labour: Ireland
  • Playing senior inter-county Gaelic games: experiences, realities and consequences
  • Measuring contingent employment in Ireland
  • Skills mismatch: concepts, measurement and policy approaches
  • Profiling barriers to social inclusion in Ireland: the relative roles of individual characteristics and location
  • Estimating the effect of an increase in the minimum wage on hours worked and employment in Ireland
  • Exploiting the Irish boarder to estimate minimum wage impacts in Northern Ireland

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  • Programmes and Projects:
  • Evaluation of the National Youthreach Programme
  • Asian Development Bank
  • Research Programme on Community Development and Social Inclusion
  • Programme on Issues impacting on Minimum Wage and Low Pay in Ireland
  • An Initial Evaluation of the Effectiveness of the Intreo Activation Process Reforms
  • Making Growth More Inclusive by Better Integrating Migrants in Ireland
  • An Evaluation of the Back to Education Allowance
  • STYLE: Strategic Transitions for Youth Labour in Europe
  • European Employment Policy Observatory National Expert
  • Transitions in and out of Unemployment among Young People in the Irish Recession

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