Communications and Transport
Research in this area examines how to develop communications and transport infrastructure to underpin economic growth and meet the demands of a growing population.
Many consumers have never switched telecoms company, despite the efforts of regulators to encourage shopping around and to make switching easier. How willing people are to switch telecoms provider is less about their personal characteristics than about the situation and the service.
Research uses data from 8,500 children in the Growing Up in Ireland study to examine the academic performance of children who owned a mobile phone at an earlier age. It finds that children who owned a mobile phone at age 9 scored four per cent less on average in standardised reading and maths tests at age 13.