Alan Barrett

Alan Barrett

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Professor Alan Barrett is the Director of the Economic and Social Research Institute. He took up his post in July 2015.He joined the ESRI in 1994, upon the completion of his doctoral studies at Michigan State University. His main research areas are labour economics and population economics. He has published in these areas in journals such as Labour Economics, Journal of Population Economics, Oxford Review of Economic Policy, Economics Letters, Industrial and Labor Relations Review, British Journal of Industrial Relations, European Journal of Population, International Migration Review, Population Research and Policy Review, Economic and Social Review and National Institute Economic Review.

Earlier in his career at the ESRI he undertook work on environmental economics. In 1997, he co-authored a book on environmental policy (The Fiscal System and the Polluter Pays Principle: A Case-study of Ireland, published by Ashgate). Between 2005 and 2010, he was a co-author of the Institute’s Quarterly Economic Commentary.

Between 2001 and 2003, Alan was seconded to the Department of Finance (Ireland's Treasury) where he worked on the long-term fiscal implications of population ageing. Between 2011 and 2013, he was seconded to the Irish Longitudinal Study on Ageing (TILDA) at Trinity College Dublin where he worked as Project Director. He was a member of the Irish Fiscal Advisory Council from 2011 to 2015.

He is a Research Fellow with IZA (Institute for the Study of Labor) in Bonn, Germany and is Co-editor of the IZA Journal of European Labor Studies. He is an Honorary Fellow of the Society of Actuaries in Ireland. He is also a member (ex officio) of the Climate Change Advisory Council.

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Latest Publications:
  • Ireland and Brexit
  • Ireland’s Recession and the Immigrant-Native Earnings Gap
  • Few Options are Available for Older People Between being at Home or in a Nursing Home
  • Housing and Ireland's Older Population
  • The Impact of Voluntary and Involuntary Retirement on Mental Health: Evidence from Older Irish Adults
  • The Impact of Adult Child Emigration on the Mental Health of Older Parents
  • Determining Labour and Skills Shortages and the Need for Labour Migration in Ireland
  • Scoping the Possible Economic Implications of Brexit on Ireland
  • Tax Breaks and the Residential Property Market
  • How Well-Informed are Pension Scheme Members on Their Future Pension Benefits? Evidence from Ireland

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