Labour Markets and Skills

Labour Markets and Skills research in the ESRI incorporates many of the issues central to the functioning of modern societies such as unemployment, pay determination and wellbeing in the workplace. Researchers in this area have published findings on a wide range of issues, including unemployment, earnings and pay bargaining institutions, migration, equality, skills and training, and further education.

Recent research has included examining how effective various activation measures are at increasing employment, how suitable further education programmes are to labour market needs, and how youth labour market participation has changed since the recession. Labour market researchers at the ESRI have also been involved in providing regular reports on Ireland’s labour market progress to the European Commission. Since the beginning of 2015, researchers have submitted a Regular Report to the European Policy Observatory (EEPO), which is funded by the European Commission, on recent developments in the Irish labour market. Reports outlining Irish policy regarding (a) upskilling the unemployed and (b) the use of labour market intelligence, have also been completed for the EEPO in recent months.


Main Publications in Labour Markets and Skills Research Area


Other Misc. Outputs



Rising Wage Inequality, Returns to Education and Labour Market Institutions: Evidence from Ireland
March 1, 1999 | Journal Article

Authors: Alan Barrett, Tim Callan , Brian Nolan
Research Area: Education | Labour Markets and Skills


National Investment Priorities For The Period 2000-2006
March 1, 1999 | Policy Research Series

Authors: John FitzGerald, Ide Kearney , Edgar Morgenroth , Diarmaid Smyth
Research Area: Communications and Transport | Energy and Environment | Macroeconomics | Migration, Integration and Demography | Social Inclusion and Equality | Taxation, Welfare and Pensions


Wage Formation and the Labour Market
January 1, 1999 | Book/Report Chapter

Authors: John FitzGerald
Research Area: Labour Markets and Skills


Older Workers on the Labour Market: Ireland
January 1, 1999 | Journal Article

Authors: Jerry Sexton
Research Area: Labour Markets and Skills | Migration, Integration and Demography


Sick Man or Tigress? The Labour Market in Republic of Ireland
January 1, 1999 | Book/Report Chapter

Authors: Philip J O'Connell
Research Area: Labour Markets and Skills


Social Mobility in Ireland: A Comparative Analysis
January 1, 1999 | Book/Report Chapter

Authors: Christopher T Whelan, Richard Breen
Research Area: Labour Markets and Skills | Social Inclusion and Equality


Spending Priorities in Labour Market Programmes for the Unemployed
October 27, 1998 | Budget Perspectives

Authors: Philip J O'Connell
Research Area: Labour Markets and Skills


The Effect of Immigrant Admission Criteria on Immigrant Labour-market Characteristics
October 1, 1998 | Journal Article

Authors: Alan Barrett
Research Area: Labour Markets and Skills | Migration, Integration and Demography


Low Pay in Ireland
April 1, 1998 | Book/Report Chapter

Authors: Brian Nolan
Research Area: Labour Markets and Skills


Towards a Rate of Return on Training: assessing the research on the benefits of employer-provided training
January 1, 1998 | Journal Article

Authors: Alan Barrett, B Hovels
Research Area: Education | Labour Markets and Skills


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