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



Front cover of Report titled An Evaluation of the Back to Education Allowance An Evaluation of the Back to Education Allowance
November 3, 2015 | ESRI Research Series

Authors: Elish Kelly, Seamus McGuinness , John R Walsh
Research Area: Education | Labour Markets and Skills


Born Abroad and Educated Here: Examining the Impacts of Education and Skill Mismatch among Immigrant Graduates in Europe
September 10, 2015 | Journal Article

Authors: Seamus McGuinness, Delma Byrne
Research Area: Labour Markets and Skills


Work-life Balance, Working Conditions and the Great Recession
August 31, 2015 | Book/Report Chapter

Authors: Frances McGinnity, Helen Russell
Research Area: Health and Quality of Life | Labour Markets and Skills


Why Firms Avoid Cutting Wages: Survey Evidence from European Firms
August 15, 2015 | Journal Article

Editors: Tairi Rõõm
Authors: Philip Du Caju, Theodora Kosma , Martina Lawless , Julián Messina
Research Area: Labour Markets and Skills


Country fiches on skills governance in the Member States: Ireland
June 30, 2015

Authors: Seamus McGuinness, Adele Whelan
Research Area: Labour Markets and Skills


Participation in School Sport and Post-School Pathways
May 6, 2015 | ESRI Research Bulletin

Authors: Pete Lunn, Elish Kelly
Research Area: Health and Quality of Life | Labour Markets and Skills


Participation in School Sport and Post-School Pathways: Evidence from Ireland
May 2, 2015 | Journal Article

Authors: Pete Lunn, Elish Kelly
Research Area: Health and Quality of Life


Changes in Labour Market Transitions in Ireland over the Great Recession: What Role for Policy?
April 29, 2015 | Journal Article

Authors: Adele Bergin, Elish Kelly , Seamus McGuinness
Research Area: Labour Markets and Skills


Employer Changes and Wage Changes: Estimation with Measurement Error in a Binary Variable
April 24, 2015 | Journal Article

Authors: Adele Bergin
Research Area: Labour Markets and Skills


Decomposing the Impacts of Overeducation and Overskilling on Earnings and Job Satisfaction: an Analysis using REFLEX data
April 22, 2015 | Journal Article

Authors: Nuria Sanchez-Sanchez, Seamus McGuinness
Research Area: Labour Markets and Skills


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