The Economic and Social Review

Web of Science Impact Factor (2016): 0.771

Scopus SJR (2016): 0.412

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

John Cullinan, National University of Ireland, Galway

Associate Editors

Ron Davies, University College Dublin

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

Orla Doyle, University College Dublin

Vincent Hogan, University College Dublin

Stephen Kinsella, University of Limerick

John McHale, National University of Ireland, Galway

Helen Russell, The Economic and Social Research Institute, Dublin

Christopher T. Whelan, University College Dublin



Vol 49, No 4, Winter (2018)

Table of Contents


Nóirín McCarthy, Peter W. Wright
Matthew T. Cole, Ivan Pastine, Tuvana Pastine
Saafi Sami, Nouira Ridha

Policy Section Articles

Ronald B. Davies, Joseph Francois
Gerard Turley, John McDonagh, Stephen McNena, Arkadiusz Grzedzinski
Vincent G. Munley