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Book Launch & Reception: Economic Insights on Higher Education Policy in Ireland—Evidence from a Public System

October 26, 2017 @ 5:00 pm - 6:15 pm

Location: President’s Drawing Room, The Quandrangle Building, NUI Galway
Galway, Ireland

Speaker(s): Dr Graham Love, CEO of the Higher Education Authority, to launch book; Dr. James Browne, NUI Galway President, to host reception

Organised by: Whitaker Institute for Innovation and Societal Change, NUI Galway

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Economic Insights on Higher Education Policy in Ireland: Evidence from a Public System is a new book edited by John Cullinan, a member of the Whitaker Institute’s Population and Migration research cluster at NUI Galway, as well as Darragh Flannery of the University of Limerick. The launch will be followed by a reception with the authors.

About the Book

This edited 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 a range of issues related to undergraduate education under three broad themes, namely: participation and preferences; progression and outcomes; and, benefits and financing. Key topics examined include socio-economic disparities in higher education outcomes, factors influencing institution choice, student retention and progression, and policy debates surrounding the public and private returns to higher education and funding of the system.

Each chapter presents an accessible, non-technical 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 and 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.


Dr. Graham Love—Chief Executive Officer of the Higher Education Authority—will officially launch the book, and President of NUI Galway Dr. James J. Browne will host the reception, held in the President’s Drawing Room, The Quadrangle Building, NUI Galway on Thursday 26th October from 5:00pm to 6:15pm.

Please go here to register.