Kieran Kennedy

Kieran Kennedy was Director of the ESRI from 1971 to 1996. His original background was in the civil service, which he entered in 1954 as an executive officer working in the Department of Finance. He completed his undergraduate degree on the basis of evening study and subsequently won a travelling studentship, leading to post-graduate degrees in Oxford, where he studied under Professor Sir John Hicks, and in Harvard where his supervisor was Professor Simon Kuznets. On his return to Ireland he was seconded to the Central Bank of Ireland before joining the ESRI. His main area of research interest was the economic growth and development of the Irish economy on which he published a range of books and articles which are listed on the ESRI web-site. Employment, unemployment and industrial development also feature prominently in his work. He also participated in a number of commissions and advisory bodies including acting as an independent expert to help formulate the economic plan 'The Way Forward' in 1982. Kieran Kennedy died on 6 February 2013.Full obituary
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Latest Publications:
  • Reflections on the Process of Irish Economic Growth Symposium on Economic Growth in Ireland: Where has it Come, Where is it Going?
  • Final Report of the Social Welfare Benchmarking and Indexation Group
  • Quarterly Economic Commentary, March 2000
  • Quarterly Economic Commentary, December 1999
  • From Famine to Feast: Economic and Social Change in Ireland 1847-1997 — Lectures on the Occasion of the 150th Anniversary of the Statistical and Social Inquiry Society of Ireland
  • Irish National Accounts for the 19th and 20th Centuries
  • Facing the Unemployment Crisis in Ireland
  • The Context of Economic Development
  • The Impact of the Industrial Development Agencies
  • The Link Between Poverty and Unemployment

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