The Economic and Social Research Institute (ESRI) produces independent research with the objective of informing policies that support a healthy economy and promote social progress. ESRI aims to provide policymakers with robust, objective evidence that can translate into effective policy solutions. Together with its independence and dedication to the highest academic standards, this means the institute is never distracted from its vision: informed policy for a better Ireland.
ESRI’s Tax, welfare and pensions department examines the design of these systems, with a focus on the effects they have on individuals, redistribution and incentives to work. Much of this work uses SWITCH, the ESRI tax and benefit model, to simulate the impact of actual or proposed reforms on households. The labour market and skills department explores how workers are faring in the labour market and what skills they need to succeed in an evolving economy. Research topics include pay, unemployment, training and skills.
At UNTANGLED ESRI is involved in all work packages.