Seamus McGuinness

Research Fellow

Economic and Social Research Institute, Dublin

Seamus McGuinness is a Research Professor and the programme co-ordinator for labour market research at the Economic and Social Research Institute (ESRI) in Dublin. Prior to joining the ESRI, he held posts at Queens University Belfast, the Northern Ireland Economic Research Centre, the Economic Research Institute of Northern Ireland and the Melbourne Institute of Applied Economic & Social Research (University of Melbourne). He obtained his PhD in Economics from Queens University Belfast in 2003. Seamus is an Adjunct Professor in the department of economics at Trinity College Dublin and an Adjunct Associate Professor in the National Institute for Labour Studies at Flinders University Adelaide. He is also the designated expert on the Irish labour market in the European Commission’s European Employment and Policy Observatory (EEPO).

He joined IZA as a Research Fellow in August 2014.



IZA Discussion Paper No. 10933

The gender wage gap has declined in magnitude over time; however, the gap that remains is largely unexplained due to gender convergence in key wage determining characteristics. In this paper we show that the degree of gender convergence differs across countries in Europe. Most, if not all, of the wage...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 10786
Revised version 'Skills mismatch: Concepts, Measurement and Policy Approaches' forthcoming in: Journal of Economic Surveys

The term skill mismatch is very broad and can relate to many forms of labour market friction, including vertical mismatch, skill gaps, skill shortages, field of study (horizontal) mismatch and skill obsolescence. In this paper we provide a clear overview of each concept and discuss the measurement and inter-relatedness of...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 10698

We investigate the effect of satisfaction at higher education on job satisfaction using propensity score matching, the special regressor method and a unique European dataset for graduates. Acknowledging that perceptions of satisfaction at higher education are endogenous to job satisfaction, we present models available to the deal with this endogeneity....

IZA Discussion Paper No. 10678
Revised version forthcoming in Oxford Economic Papers, 2018

This paper examines patterns in overeducation between countries using a specifically designed panel dataset constructed from the quarterly Labour Force Surveys of 28 EU countries over a twelve to fifteen year period. It is not the case that overeducation has been rising rapidly over time in all countries and where...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 10250
published in: Social Science Research, 2017, 67-80

This paper examines the factors determining variations in spatial rates of overeducation. A quantile regression model has been implemented on a sample of region-yearly data drawn from the EU Survey on Income and Living Conditions (EU-SILC) and several institutional and macroeconomic features captured from other data-sets. Potential determinants of overeducation...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 10138
published in: B.E. Journal of Economic Analysis and Policy, 2016, 16(4), 12-23

This paper examines the potential role of higher education institutions in reducing labour market mismatch amongst new graduates. The research suggests that increasing the practical aspects of degree programmes, irrespective of the field of study, will reduce the incidence of initial mismatch. In terms of routes into the labour market,...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 9698
published in Solomon W. Polachek , Konstantinos Pouliakas , Giovanni Russo , Konstantinos Tatsiramos (ed.) Skill Mismatch in Labor Markets (Research in Labor Economics, Volume 45) Emerald Publishing Limited, pp.81 - 127

This paper uses data from the Cedefop European Skills and Jobs (ESJ) survey, a new international dataset of adult workers in 28 EU countries, to decompose the wage penalty of overeducated workers. The ESJ survey allows for integration of a rich, previously unavailable, set of factors in the estimation of...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 9278
published in: Industrial Relations Journal, 2016, 47 (3), 253-278

Optimal training decisions require employers to have accurate information about their workers' training needs. However, little is known with regard to the key factors determining the accurate transmission of worker training requirements. Using one of the few linked employer-employee surveys in the world, the 2006 Irish National Employment Survey, this...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 8459
published in: M. Kahanec and K.F. Zimmermann (eds.), Labor Migration, EU Enlargement, and the Great Recession, Springer 2016

The economic collapse was more severe in Ireland relative to elsewhere. Many questions have arisen concerning the impacts of the collapse, including the impacts on immigrants and their subsequent reactions. Previous research shows that immigrant employment contracted sharply over the recession, thereby suggesting reduced demand for immigrant labour. In this...

IZA Discussion Paper No. 8441
Hugh Cronin, Seamus McGuinness
Published in: Evidence Based HRM, 2015, 4 (1), 30 - 48

This paper uses a linked employer-employee dataset, the National Employment Survey, to examine the determinants of organisational change and employee resistance to change and, specifically, to examine the influence of employee inflexibility on the implementation of firm-level policies aimed at increasing competitiveness and workforce flexibility. Key finding arising from the...