Alan Barrett is the Director of the Economic and Social Research Institute in Dublin, Ireland. He joined the ESRI in 1994, upon the completion of his doctoral studies at Michigan State University. He is also an Adjunct Professor at the Department of Economics, Trinity College Dublin.

His main research interests are in the areas of labour economics and population economics. He has a particular interest in migration and has published on the topic in journals such as Labour Economics, the International Migration Review, the Journal of Population Economics, Economics Letters, and the Oxford Review of Economic Policy. He has also written on other labour topics such as training and the distribution of earnings and has published on these topics in outlets such as the British Journal of Industrial Relations and the Industrial and Labor Relations Review.

Between 2011 and 2015, he was a member of the Irish Fiscal Advisory Council. In 2015, he chaired Ireland's National Economic Dialogue.

He joined IZA as a research fellow in December 1998.


IZA Publications

IZA Discussion Paper No. 6878
revised version published as 'Early-life Causes and Later-life Consequences of Migration: Evidence from Older Irish Adults' in: Journal of Population Ageing, 2013, 6 (1), 29-45
IZA Discussion Paper No. 6332
revised version published in: Journal of Behavioral and Experimental Economics, 2014, 53, 10-16, with Vincent O'Sullivan added as third author
IZA Discussion Paper No. 6331
published in: Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, 2013, 39 (10), 1659-1677
IZA Discussion Paper No. 6325
published as 'Increasing the State Pension Age, the Recession and Expected Retirement Ages' in: Economic and Social Review 2013, 44 (4), 447-472
IZA Discussion Paper No. 6324
revised version published in: Journal of Population Economics, 2013, 26 (2), 483-506
IZA Discussion Paper No. 5516
revised version published in: International Journal of Manpower, 2013, 34 (2), 142-154
IZA Discussion Paper No. 5515
published in: International Journal of Manpower, 2013, 34 (1), 8-23
IZA Discussion Paper No. 5218
revised version published in: European Journal of Population, 2012, 28 (1), 91-111
IZA Discussion Paper No. 4736
published in: National Institute Economic Review, 2010, 213 (1), R43-R51
IZA Discussion Paper No. 4472
published in: Economic and Social Review, 2011, 42 (1), 1-26