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



Social Mobility and the Changing Class Structure in Ireland
January 1, 1992 | Book/Report Chapter

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


The Significance of Small-Scale Landholders in Ireland’s Socio-economic Transformation
January 1, 1992 | Book/Report Chapter

Authors: Damian Hannan, P Commins
Research Area: Labour Markets and Skills | Social Inclusion and Equality


Industrialisation, Class Formation and Social Mobility in Ireland
January 1, 1992 | Book/Report Chapter

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


Explaining the Irish Pattern of Social Fluidity: The Role of the Political
January 1, 1992 | Book/Report Chapter

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


Male-Female Wage Differentials in Ireland
October 30, 1991 | Journal Article

Authors: Tim Callan
Research Area: Labour Markets and Skills


Education, Employment And Training In The Youth Labour Market
June 1, 1991 | General Research Series

Authors: Richard Breen
Research Area: Education | Labour Markets and Skills


Unemployment, Poverty and Psychological Distress
January 1, 1991 | General Research Series

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


Estimated Employment and Gross National Product Impacts of 1989 Tourism in Ireland
January 1, 1991 | Journal Article

Authors: Eamon Henry
Research Area: Energy and Environment | Labour Markets and Skills | Macroeconomics


Migration — Europe’s Integration and the Labour Force
January 1, 1990 | Book/Report Chapter

Authors: Denis Conniffe
Research Area: Labour Markets and Skills | Migration, Integration and Demography


How Can Ireland Move Towards Full Employment
July 31, 1989 | Book/Report Chapter

Authors: Eoin O'Malley
Research Area: Labour Markets and Skills


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