Economic Insights on Higher Education Policy in Ireland

Evidence from a Public System

  • John Cullinan
  • Darragh Flannery

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxi
  2. Introduction

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Darragh Flannery, John Cullinan
      Pages 3-24
  3. Participation & Preferences

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 25-25
    2. Kevin Denny, Darragh Flannery
      Pages 27-52
    3. John Cullinan, Brendan Halpin
      Pages 53-80
    4. Sharon Walsh, John Cullinan
      Pages 81-108
  4. Progression & Outcomes

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 109-109
    2. Selina McCoy, Delma Byrne
      Pages 111-141
    3. Patricia McMullin
      Pages 143-164
    4. Seamus McGuinness, Ruth O’Shaughnessy, Konstantinos Pouliakas
      Pages 165-196
  5. Benefits & Financing

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 197-197
    2. Qiantao Zhang, Charles Larkin, Brian M. Lucey
      Pages 199-219
    3. Darragh Flannery, Cathal O’Donoghue
      Pages 221-245
    4. Darragh Flannery, Aedín Doris, Bruce Chapman
      Pages 247-272
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 273-284

About this book


This book brings together research relating to the economics of higher education in Ireland and presents evidence that will help support policy decision making. It provides an analysis of prominent issues within the higher education sector from an economic viewpoint, discussing the relevant theory and offering an empirical analysis. The book examines three broad themes with a specific focus on issues related to undergraduate education: participation and preferences, progression and outcomes, and benefits and financing. Each chapter presents an accessible, non-specialist analysis of the topic of interest, making it relevant to a wider audience. In doing so, the book provides an important addition to our current knowledge and understanding of higher education in Ireland from an economic perspective. Key chapters discuss the factors influencing institution choices, student retention in higher education, and policy debates surrounding student finance. The book will serve as a useful and up-to-date resource for policymakers, researchers, academics and students across a range of disciplines, both in Ireland and internationally.


Ireland Funding models Student accessibility Higher education Value for money Socioeconomic status Geographic determinants

Editors and affiliations

  • John Cullinan
    • 1
  • Darragh Flannery
    • 2
  1. 1.National University of IrelandGalwayIreland
  2. 2.University of LimerickLimerickIreland

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