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



Exploring the Role of Labour Market Uncertainty in Explaining Differences in Rates of Return to Education in Europe
February 25, 2015 | Journal Article

Authors: Maria A. Davia, Seamus McGuinness , Philip J O'Connell
Research Area: Labour Markets and Skills


Impact of the Great Recession on Unemployed Youth and NEET Individuals
February 4, 2015 | ESRI Research Bulletin

Authors: Elish Kelly, Seamus McGuinness , Philip J O'Connell , David Haugh , Alberto Gonzalez Pandiella
Research Area: Labour Markets and Skills


Impact of the Great Recession on Unemployed and NEET Individuals? Labour Market Transitions in Ireland
December 4, 2014 | Journal Article

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


The Impact of Training Programme Type and Duration on the Employment Chances of the Unemployed in Ireland
September 24, 2014 | Journal Article

Authors: Seamus McGuinness, Philip J O'Connell , Elish Kelly
Research Area: Labour Markets and Skills


Transitions In and Out of Unemployment among Young People in the Irish Recession
September 18, 2014 | Journal Article

Authors: Elish Kelly, Seamus McGuinness , Philip J O'Connell , David Haugh , Alberto Gonzalez Pandiella
Research Area: Education | Labour Markets and Skills


The Perceived Probability of Job Loss and Future Labour Market Outcomes
July 23, 2014 | Journal Article

Authors: Seamus McGuinness, Markus Hahn
Research Area: Labour Markets and Skills


Under Pressure: The Impact of Recession on Employees in Ireland
June 30, 2014 | Journal Article

Authors: Helen Russell, Frances McGinnity
Research Area: Labour Markets and Skills | Social Inclusion and Equality


Predicting the Probability of Long-Term Unemployment in Ireland Using Administrative Data
June 17, 2014 | ESRI Survey and Statistical Report Series

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


Increasing the State Pension Age, the Recession and Expected Retirement Ages
December 18, 2013 | Journal Article

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


Lost in Transition? The Labour Market Pathways of Long-term Unemployed Individuals in Ireland Pre and Post the Great Recession
December 16, 2013 | QEC Special Article

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


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