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



Subsidising Jobs: An Evaluation of the Employment Incentive Scheme
March 1, 1989 | General Research Series

Authors: Richard Breen
Research Area: Labour Markets and Skills


Family, Economy and Government in Ireland
January 1, 1989 | General Research Series

Authors: Finola Kennedy
Research Area: Labour Markets and Skills | Migration, Integration and Demography | Social Inclusion and Equality | Taxation, Welfare and Pensions


Transition from School to Work and Early Labour Market Experience
November 1, 1988 | General Research Series

Authors: Jerry Sexton, Brendan Whelan , James Williams
Research Area: Labour Markets and Skills


Industrial Output and Wage Costs, 1980-87
October 1, 1988 | Book/Report Chapter

Authors: Terry Baker
Research Area: Labour Markets and Skills


Self-Employment and the Unemployed
October 1, 1988 | General Research Series

Authors: Richard Breen, Brendan Halpin
Research Area: Labour Markets and Skills


A Theory of the Rate of Growth of the Demand for Labour in the Long Run
January 1, 1988 | Geary Lecture Series

Authors: Maurice F G Scott
Research Area: Labour Markets and Skills


Multisector Modelling of the Irish Economy with Special Reference to Employment Projections
June 1, 1986 | General Research Series

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


Employment in the Public Domain in Recent Decades
April 1, 1986 | General Research Series

Authors: Miceal Ross
Research Area: Labour Markets and Skills


Workers Co-Operatives — Their Employment Potential
October 1, 1985 | Journal Article

Authors: Robert O'Connor
Research Area: Labour Markets and Skills


Trends in Manufacturing Output and Wage Costs 1980-1984
April 1, 1985 | Book/Report Chapter

Research Area: Labour Markets and Skills


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