Current Working Papers:

The Bilingual Gap in Children’s Language and Emotional Development.” (with Deborah Cobb-Clark and Anita Staneva). IZA Discussion Paper DP11800, September 2018. Latest draft, February 2019.

Papers Published in Refereed Journals:

Early Skill Formation and the Efficiency of Parental Investment”  (with Orla Doyle, James Heckman, Caitriona Logue, Seong Moon.  Labour Economics, Vol. 45, pp. 40-58, 2017.

How Effective is Compulsory Schooling as a Policy Instrument?”   IZA World of Labor, 2017: 348 doi: 10.15185/izawol.348

The Impact of Parental Income and Education on the Schooling of their Children.” (with A.Chevalier, V. O’Sullivan and I.Walker).    IZA Journal of Labor Economics, Vol 2 (8), pp. 1-22, 2013.

"The Role of Noncognitive Traits in Undergraduate Study Behaviours."  (with Liam Delaney and Martin Ryan).  Economics of Education Review, Vol 32(1), pp. 181–195, 2013.

“Economic Returns to Education:  What We Know, What We Don’t Know, and Where We Are Going - Some Brief Pointers.” (with Matt Dickson).  Economics of Education Review, 30(6), 1118-1122, November 2011.

“Parental Education, Grade Attainment and Earning Expectations – Evidence from University Students.”  (with Liam Delaney and Cathy Redmond).  Economics of Education Review, 30(6), 1136-1152, November 2011.

“Validating the Use of Vignettes for Subjective Threshold Scales.”  (with Arthur Van Soest, Liam Delaney, Arie Kapteyn, James P Smith).  Journal of the Royal Statistical Society - Series A, 174 (3), 575-595, 2011.

“Naturalistic Monitoring of the Affect-Heart Rate Relationship: A Day Reconstruction Study.” (with Michael Daly, Liam Delaney, Peter Doran and Malcolm MacLachlan).   Health Psychology, 29(2), 196-195, April 2010.

“Experimental Tests of Survey Responses to Expenditure Questions.” (with David Comerford and Liam Delaney).   Forthcoming, Fiscal Studies, 30 (4), 419-433, December 2009.

“Psychological and Biological Foundations of Time Preference: Evidence from a Day Reconstruction Study with Biological Tracking.” (with Michael Daly and Liam Delaney).  Journal of the European Economic Association, Vol. 7, No. 2-3: 659–669, April 2009.

“Early Childhood Intervention: Rationale, Timing and Efficacy.”  (with O.Doyle, J. Heckman,  R. Tremblay). Economics and Human Biology, 7(1), pp. 1-6, March 2009.

“Behavioural Economics and Drinking Behaviour: Preliminary Results from an Irish College Study.”   (with L.Delaney, P.Wall).  Economic Inquiry, 46 (1), pp. 29-36, January 2008. 

“The microeconomics of early child investment.”  (with Chevalier, A., Finn, C., Heckman, J.) Journal of Childrens Services, 1(2), pp. 18-31, October 2006 

“Does Education Raise Productivity or Just Reflect It?” (with A Chevalier, I. Walker and Yu Zhu).  Economic Journal, November 2004.

“Dispersion in the Return to Education.”  (with V.Hogan and I. Walker).  Labour Economics, April 2003.

“The Returns to Education – A Review of Evidence, Issues and Deficiencies in the Literature.”  (with H. Oosterbeek and I. Walker). Journal of Economic Surveys, March 2003.

“Testing for Sheepskin Effects in Earnings Functions.” (with K. Denny).  Applied Economics Letters, Volume 8 (9), pp. 635-637, September 2001.

“Health Insurance and Health Service Utilization in Ireland.”  (with B. Nolan).  Health Economics, Volume 10, pp. 135-145, February 2001.

“Returns to the Quantity and Quality of Education: Evidence for Men in England and Wales.” (with I. Walker).  Economica, Vol. 67(265), February 2000.

“Literacy and Education in the Ireland.”  (with K. Denny, D. McMahon and S. Redmond).  Economic and Social Review, Vol. 30 (3), July 1999, pp. 215-224.

“A Review of Estimates of the Schooling/Earnings Relationship, with Tests for Publication Bias.” (with O. Ashenfelter and H. Oosterbeek).  Labour Economics, Vol. 6 (4), November 1999, pp. 453-470.

“The Economic Return to Schooling in Ireland.” (with T. Callan). Labour Economics, Vol. 6 (4), November 1999,  pp. 543-550.

“The Marginal and Average Return to Schooling.” (with I. Walker). European Economic Review, Vol. 43 (4-6), April 1999, pp. 879-887.

“Estimates of the Economic Return to Schooling for the UK.” (with I. Walker).  American Economic Review, Vol. 85(5), December 1995, pp. 1278-1296.

“Schooling and Earnings in the U.K. – the ROSLA Experiment.”  (with I. Walker).  Economic and Social Review, Vol. 25(1), October 1993, pp. 77-93.

Papers Published in Policy Journals:

“SHARE”  (with Liam Delaney, Cecily Kelleher, Brona NiChobhthaigh, Caroline Kenny).   Irish Journal of Medical Science, Vol. 176, Supplement 6, September 2007, pp. 257.

“Private Returns and Access to Education.” (with J. Sheehan).  Irish Banking Review, Spring 2004.

“On the Demand for Health Insurance in Ireland.” (with B. Nolan).  The Geneva Association Information Newsletter:  Health and Ageing), Issue 9, September 2003,  International Association for the Study of Insurance Economics – Geneva.

“Schooling Returns, Schooling Decisions and Educational Finance.”  Journal of the Statistical and Social Inquiry Society of Ireland, 2003.

“Education and Earnings in Northern Ireland.”  (With V.Dukelow and I. Walker).   Labour Market Bulletin No 14, November 2000, pp.98-101, Training and Employment Agency – Belfast.

“Employment Effects of the Proposed Minimum Wage.” (with F. Barry and J. Holt).  Irish Banking Review, December 1998.

Published Books:

Evidence-based Policy Making: Getting the Evidence, Using the Evidence & Evaluating the Outcomes (with Maureen Gaffney, eds.).   Dublin: NESF, February 2007

Education and Earnings in Europe.  (With I. Walker and N. Westergaard-Nielson, eds).   Cheltenham: Edward Elgar, July 2001.

Investing in People: the Labour Market Impact of Human Resource Interventions Funded Under the 1994-1999 Community Support Framework in Ireland.  (With K. Denny and P. O’Connell).  Dublin: ESRI, November 2000.

CHAPTERS in Edited Books:

“It’s the Economy, Stupid.”  In The Conversation and Syke, Helen (eds) The Story of the 2013 Election.  Melbourne: Conversation Media Group, 2014.

“The Economics of Higher Education – Beyond a Zero-Sum Game.”  In Munck, R. and Mohrman, K. (eds) Reinventing the University.  Dublin: Dublin City University Press.

“Education.” (with C. Newman).   In Newman, C; O’Hagen, J. (eds) The Economy of Ireland (5th Edition).  Dublin: Gill and MacMillan, forthcoming, 2008.  Including online update, November 2009.

“Ireland.”  (with K.Denny).  In Harmon, C; Walker, I. and Westergaard-Nielson, N. (eds)  Education and Earnings in Europe.  Cheltenham: Edward Elgar, July 2001.

“Wages and Human Capital.”  (with K. Denny and S. Redmond).  In Asplund, R. and Telhado Pereira, P. (eds) Returns to Human Capital in Europe.  Helsinki: ETLA, 1999.

“Human Capital and Growth.” (with J. Durkan & D. FitzGerald).  In Barry, F. (ed.) Understanding Ireland’s Economic Growth   London: Macmillan, 1998.

Other Outputs:

Issues on the Evaluation of the Revised Employment Action Plan.  (with Paul Morrin and Sean Murphy).   Dublin: Department of Social Protection, April 2012.

Discussion of Vignettes and Health Systems Responsiveness in Cross-Country Comparative Analyses by Rice et al.   Journal of the Royal Statistical Society, Spring 2012.

Report on Undergraduate and Taught Graduate Students in Irish Universities. (with L.Delaney, S.Gubbins, C.O’Carroll and C.Redmond).   Dublin: Irish Universities Association, August 2009.

Report on International Students in Irish Universities. (with L.Delaney, S.Gubbins, C.O’Carroll and C.Redmond).   Dublin: Irish Universities Association, August 2009.

Report on PhD Students in Irish Universities. (with L.Delaney, S.Gubbins, C.O’Carroll and C.Redmond).   Dublin: Irish Universities Association, August 2009.

SHARE – Country Report (with L.Delaney, B. Gannon and C.Kelleher).   UCD Geary Institute, October 2008.

SHARE – the Survey of Health, Ageing and Retirement in Europe (with L. Delaney).   Irish Gerontological Society Newsletter, Vol.2 (i), Spring 2008.

Eurostudent 2007 (with A. Bernard, L. Delaney and Martin Ryan).   Dublin: Higher Education Authority, July 2008. 

Evaluation of Building Schools for the Future – 1st Annual Report and Technical Appendix (with Vincent Hogan and Lori Timmins).  London: Department for Children, Schools and Families, October 2007.

The Economic and Social Impact of Higher Education (with L.Farrell, C.Laffan, C.O’Carroll).  Dublin: Irish Universities Association, December 2006.

The Economics of Early Childhood Care and Education (with A.Chevalier, C. Finn, T.Viitanen).  Dublin: National Economic and Social Forum, January 2006.

The Returns to Education(with I. Walker).   Dublin:  Higher Education Authority, January 2004, 34 pages.

“Education, Earnings and Skills – A Multi-Country Comparison.”  (with K. Denny and V. O’Sullivan).  IFS Working Paper, Geary Institute Working Paper, 2004.   

 “Education Policy Reform and the Return to Schooling from Instrumental Variables.” (with K. Denny).  IFS Working Paper No. 00/06, January 2000.  CEPR Discussion Paper 2518.    Revised 2003

An Econometric Analysis of Burglary in Ireland. (with K. Denny, R. Lydon and I.Walker).   Dublin: Government Publications, February 2002, 62 pages.

The Returns to Education - A Review of Evidence, Issues and Deficiencies in the Literature (with Ian Walker).  London: Department for Education and Employment Research Report 254, February 2001, 93 pages.  

Features of the Irish Educational System (with Peter Archer, Kevin Denny and Damien Hannon).   London: Department for Education and Employment, May 2000, 84 pages.  

Analysis of the International Adult Literacy Survey for Ireland (with K. Denny, D. McMahon and S.Redmond).  Dublin: Department of Education and Science, December 1999, 28 pages.  

Pricing and Demand for Drink Product. (with Anthony Murphy).  Competition Authority of Ireland, October 1998. 

Demographic Trends and the Impact on Growth in Ireland. (with J.Durkan).  National City Brokers, May 1997.