Economic and Social Research Institute, and Trinity College Dublin, Ireland, and IZA, Germany
IZA World of Labor role
Senior Research Officer, The Economic and Social Research Institute (ESRI); Adjunct Assistant Professor of Economics, Trinity College Dublin
Unemployment and active labor market programs, migration, wages and pay bargaining institutions, participation in sport and physical activity
Positions/functions as a policy advisor
Provision of briefings on the labor market situation in Ireland—specifically issues surrounding unemployment, employment, industrial relations, earnings and migration—to international ministries (e.g. Denmark, the Philippines, etc.) and organizations such as the Troika, OECD, European Commission, and the Asian Development Bank
PhD Economics, Trinity College Dublin, 2005
“Carrots, no stick, no driver: The employment impact of job search assistance in a regime with minimal monitoring and sanctions.” Journal of Labor Research 40:2 (2019): 151–180 (with S. McGuinness and P.J. O’Connell).
“Atypical work and Ireland’s labour market collapse and recovery.” Economic and Social Review 48:4 (2017): 463–488 (with A. Barrett).
"Ireland’s recession and the immigrant–native earnings gap." In: Kahanec, M., and K. F. Zimmermann (eds). Labor Migration, EU Enlargement, and the Great Recession. Berlin: Springer, 2016 (with A. Barrett, A. Bergin, and S. McGuinness).
"Impact of the Great Recession on unemployed and NEET individuals: Labour market transitions in Ireland." Economic Systems 39:1 (2015): 59–71 (with S. McGuinness).
"Participation in school sport and post-school pathways: Evidence from Ireland." National Institute Economic Review 232:1 (2015): 51–66 (with P. Lunn).
A remarkable turnaround in the labor market went hand in hand with economic recoveryIreland was hit particularly hard by the global financial crisis, with severe impacts on the labor market. Between 2007 and 2013, the unemployment rate increased dramatically, from 5% to 15.5%, and the labor force participation rate declined by almost five percentage points between 2007 and 2012. Outward migration re-emerged as a safety valve for the Irish economy, helping to moderate impacts on unemployment via a reduction in overall labor supply. As the crisis deepened, long-term unemployment escalated. However, since 2013, there is clear evidence of a recovery in the labor market with unemployment, both overall and long-term, dropping rapidly.MoreLess