The Economic and Social Review

Web of Science Impact Factor (2014): 0.522

Scopus SJR (2014): 0.253

The Economic and Social Review is Ireland's leading journal for economics and applied social science. The Journal is published four times a year.

The ESR invites high quality submissions in economics, sociology, and cognate disciplines on topics of relevance to Ireland. Contributions based on original empirical research and employing a comparative international approach are particularly encouraged.

The ESR incorporates a policy section that contains applied articles addressing important questions relating to economic and social policy. While these articles do not necessarily have to contain new academic research results, they are subject to the same refereeing process as our academic articles. Suggestions to the Editor for specially themed policy sections are welcome.

*** From the Spring 2017 issue, the ESR will be published online only ***


Managing Editor

Martina Lawless, The Economic and Social Research Institute, Dublin 2, Ireland

Policy Section Editor

Cathal O'Donoghue, Teagasc

Associate Editors

Ron Davies, University College Dublin

Gerda Dewit, National University of Ireland, Maynooth, Co.Kildare

Vincent Hogan, University College Dublin

Kanika Kapur, University College Dublin

John McHale, National University of Ireland, Galway

Kieran McQuinn, The Economic and Social Research Institute, Dublin

Helen Russell, The Economic and Social Research Institute, Dublin



Vol 47, No 3, Autumn (2016)

Table of Contents


Colin Bermingham, Dermot Coates, Derry O'Brien
Robert Gillanders
Richard Layte, Anne Nolan

Policy Section Articles

Andrew Hannon, Eimear Leahy, Róisín O'Sullivan
Cathal Buckley, Peter Howley, Cathal O'Donoghue, Paul Kilgarriff