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Philip O'Connell

Director of The Geary Institute

Geary Institute
Geary Institute
Belfield
Dublin 4

Tel: +353 1 7164614
Email: philip.oconnell@ucd.ie

Biography

Philip J. O'Connell is Director of the UCD Geary Institute and Professor of Applied Social Science at University College Dublin. Prior to that, he was Research Professor and Head of Social Research at the ESRI and Adjunct Professor of Sociology at Trinity College Dublin. He received his doctorate from Indiana University, Bloomington and taught at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. He has served as a consultant to the European Commission and the OECD.  He is a government-appointed member of the Irish national Labour Market Council.

 

Most of his work focuses on the labour market and on migration. He has an enduring interest in equality at work and in access to employment, publishing papers in the leading journals on wage inequality, on working conditions and workplace practices, on the transition from unemployment to work, and on the experience of migrant workers in Ireland.

 

Publications

Books

G. Kingston, P. O'Connell and E. Kelly (2013) Ethnicity and Nationality in the Irish Labour Market. Dublin: The Equality AUthority and ESRI. [Details]
McGuinness, S., O'Connell, P., and Kelly, E., (2011) Activation in Ireland: An Evaluation of the National Employment Action Plan. Dublin: Economic and Social Research Institute. [Details]
P. O'Connell. H. Russell, D. Watson, and D. Byrne (2010) The Changing Workplace: A Survey of Employees Views and Experience. Dublin: National Centre for Partnership and Performance. [Details]
D. Watson, J. Galway, P. O'Connell and H. Russell (2010) The Changing Workplace: A Survey of Employers Views and Experience. Dublin: NAtional Centre for PArtnership and Performance. [Details]
P. O'Connell, S. McGuinness, E. Kelly and J. Walsh (2009) National Profiling of the Unemployed in Ireland. Dublin: ESRI. [Details]
Denny, K. Harmon, C. O'Connell, P.; (2000) Investing in People: the Labour Market Impact of Human Resource Interventions Funded Under the 1994-1999 Community Support Framework in Ireland. : ESRI. [Details]

Book Chapters

P. O'Connell (2016) 'Unemployment and Labour Market Policy' In: W. Roche, P. O¿Connell, A. Prothero (eds). Austerity & Recovery in Ireland: Europe¿s Poster Child and the Great Recession. Oxford: Oxford University Press. [Details]
I. Glynn and P. O'Connell (2016) 'Migration' In: W. Roche, P. O¿Connell, A. Prothero (eds). Austerity & Recovery in Ireland: Europe¿s Poster Child and the Great Recession. Oxford: Oxford University Press. [Details]
B. Roche, P. O'Connell. A Prothero (2016) 'Introduction 'Poster Child' or 'Beautiful Freak'?: Austerity and Recovery in Ireland' In: B. Roche, P. O'Connell. A Prothero (eds). Austerity & Recovery in Ireland: Europe¿s Poster Child and the Great Recession. Oxford: Oxford University Press. [Details]
Kelly, E., McGuinness, S., and O'Connell, P (2013) 'Do Active Labour Market Policies Activate?' In: PP. Lunn and F. Ruane (eds). Using Evidence to Inform Policy. Dublin: Gill and Macmillan. [Details]
P. O'Connell (2013) 'Cautious adjustment in a context of economic collapse: The public sector in the Irish crisis' In: D. Vaughan-Whitehead (eds). Public Sector Shock: The Impact of Policy Retrenchment in Europe. CHeltenham, Uk and Northampton, MA, USa; and Geneva: Edward Elger and International Labour Office. [Details]

Edited Books

William Roche, P. O'Connell, A. Prothero (Ed.). (2016) Austerity and Recovery in Ireland: Europe's Poster Child and the Great Recession. Oxford: Oxford University Press. [Details]

Peer Reviewed Journals

Maria A. Davia , Seamus McGuinness , Philip J O'Connell (2016) 'Determinants of Regional Differences in Rates of Overeducation in Europe'. Social Science Research, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ssresearch.2016.09.009 . [Details]
Dávia, M.A.; McGuinness, S.; O'Connell, P.J (2014) 'Exploring the role of Labour Market Uncertainty in Explaining Differences in Rates of Return to Education in Europe'. Regional and Sectoral Economic Studies / Estudios Económicos Regionales y Sectoriales, 14 (3):89-104. [Details]
Kingston, G., McGinnity, F., O'Connell, P. (2015) 'Discrimination in the Labour Market: Nationality, Ethnicity and the Recession'. Work Employment and Society, 29 (2):213-232. [Details]
E. Kelly, S. McGuinness, P. O¿Connell, D. Haugh and A. González Pandiella (2014) 'Transitions In and Out of Unemployment among Young People in the Irish Recession'. Comparative Economic Studies, . [Details]
McGuinness, S., O'Connell, P., and Kelly, E., (2014) 'The Impact of Training Programme Type and Duration on the Employment Chances of the Unemployed in Ireland'. Economic and Social Review, 45 (3):425-450. [Details]
Barrett, A., McGuinness, S., O'Brien, M., and O'Connell, P. (2013) 'Immigrants and Employer-Provided Training'. Journal of Labor Research, 34 (1):52-78. [Details]
O'Connell, P., and Byrne, D., (2012) 'The Determinants and Effects of training at Work: Bringing the Workplace Back In'. European Sociological Review, 28 (3):283-300. [Details]
Kelly, E., McGuinness, S., and O'Connell, P. (2012) 'Transitions to Long-Term Unemployment Risk among Young People: Evidence from Ireland'. Journal of Youth Studies, 15 (6):780-801. [Details]
O'Connell, P., McGuinness, S., and Kelly, E, (2012) 'The Transition from Short- to Long-term Unemployment: A Statistical Profiling Model for Ireland'. Economic and Social Review, 43 (1):135-164. [Details]
McGuinness, S., Kelly, E., and O'Connell, P. (2011) 'The Impact of Wage Bargaining Regime on Firm-Level Competitiveness and Wage Inequality: The Case of Ireland'. Industrial Relations, 49 (4):593-615. [Details]
McGuinness,S.,Kelly, E., O¿Connell, P., and Callan., T. (2010) 'Assessing the Impact of Wage Bargaining and Worker Preferences on the Gender Pay Gap Using a Linked Employer-employee Dataset'. European Journal of Industrial Relations, 17 (3):277-294. [Details]
Kelly, E., O'Connell, P., and Smyth, E. (2010) 'The Economic Returns to Field of Study and Competencies among Higher Education Graduates in Ireland'. Economics of Education Review, 29 (10):650-657. [Details]
Russell, H., Smyth, E., and O'Connell, P. (2010) 'Gender Differences in Pay among Recent Graduates: Private Sector Employees in Ireland'. Journal of Youth Studies, 13 (2):213-233. [Details]
Kelly, E., McGuinness, S., and O'Connell, P. (2009) 'Benchmarking, Social Partnership and Higher Remuneration: Wage Settling Institutions and the Public-Private Sector Wage Gap in Ireland'. Economic and Social Review, 40 (3):339-370. [Details]
McGuinness, S., McGinnity, F., and O'Connell, P., (2009) 'Changing Returns to Education During a Boom? The Case of Ireland'. LABOUR ECON, 23 (S1):197-221. [Details]
P. O¿Connell, H. Russell, and F. McGinnity (2008) 'The Impact of Flexible Working Arrangements on Employee Stress and Work Pressure in Ireland'. Gender, Work and Organization, 16 (1):73-97. [Details]
R. Layte, P. O'Connell and H. Russell (2008) 'Temporary Jobs in Ireland: Does Class Influence Job Quality?'. Economic and Social Review, 39 (2):81-104. [Details]
P. O'Connell, D. Clancy and S. McCoy (2006) 'Who Went to College? Socio-Economic Inequality in Entry to Higher Education in the Republic of Ireland in 2004'. Higher Education Quarterly, 60 (4):312-332. [Details]
P. O'Connell and H. Russell (2006) 'Does it Pay to Go Public? Public-Private Wage Differences among Recent Graduates in Ireland'. Quarterly Economic Commentary, 2006 (Autumn):64-79. [Details]
P. O'Connell, G. Hughes, and J., Williams (2004) 'Company Training and Low-skill Consumer-service Jobs in Ireland'. International Journal Of Manpower, 25 (1):17-35. [Details]
P. O'Connell and H. Russell (2004) 'Women Returning to Employment, Education and Training in Ireland: An Analysis of Transitions'. Economic and Social Review, 35 (1):1-25. [Details]
O'Connell, P. and GAsh, V. (2003) 'The Effects of Working Time, Segmentation, and Labour Market Mobility on Wages and Pensions in Ireland'. British Journal of Industrial Relations, 41 (1):71-95. [Details]
O'Connell, P. (2002) 'Are they Working? Market Orientation and the Effectiveness of Active Labour Market Programmes in Ireland'. European Sociological Review, 18 (1):65-83. [Details]
Barrett, A., and O'Connell, P. (2001) 'Is There a Wage Premium for Returning Irish Migrants?'. Economic and Social Review, 32 (1):1-21. [Details]
A. Barrett and P. O'COnnell (2001) 'Does Training Generally Work? The Returns to In-Company Training'. Industrial and Labor Relations Review, 54 (3):647-662. [Details]
P. O'Connell and H. Russell (2001) 'Getting a Job in Europe: The Transition from Unemployment to Employment among Young People in Nine European Countries'. Work Employment and Society, 15 (1):1-24. [Details]
D. Conniffe, V. Gash and P. O¿Connell (2000) 'Evaluating State Programmes: Natural Experiments and Propensity Scores'. Economic and Social Review, 31 (4):283-308. [Details]
P. O'Connell and F. McGinnity (1997) 'What Works, Who Works? The Employment and Earnings Effects of Active Labour Market Programmes among Young People in Ireland'. Work Employment and Society, 11 (4). [Details]
P. O'Connell and G. Hughes (1995) 'Higher Education and the Labour Market in Ireland, 1981-1991'. European Journal of Education, 30 (1). [Details]
P. Walters and P. O'Connell (1988) 'The Family Economy, Work, and Educational Participation in the United States, 1890-1940'. American Journal of Sociology, 93 :1116-52. [Details]
P. O'Connell and D. Rottman (1982) 'The Changing Social Structure of Ireland'. Administration, 30 (2/3):63-88. [Details]
P. O'Connell (1982) 'The Distribution and Redistribution of Income in the Republic of Ireland'. Economic and Social Review, 13 (4):251-278. [Details]
 

Conference Publications

O¿Connell, P., Kingston, G., and McGinnity, F., (2014) Discrimination in the Labour Market: Nationality, Ethnicity and the Recession in Ireland Annual Meetings of the American Sociological Association [Details]

Published Reports

F. McGuinnity, E. Quinn, G. Kingston, and P. O¿Connell (2014) Annual Monitoring Report on Integration, 2013. The Integration Centre and ESRI, Dublin. [Details]
McGinnity, F., Quinn, E., Kingston, G, and O'Connell, P. (2013) Annual Monitoring Report on Integration 2012. ESRI and The Integration Centre, Dublin. [Details]
F. McGuinnity, E. Quinn, G. Kingston, and P. O'Connell (2012) Annual Monitoring Report on Integration, 2011. ESRI and The Integration Centre, Dublin. [Details]
                                       

Working Paper

O'Connell, P J; Joyce, Corona (2015) International migration in Ireland, 2014. Working Paper Link to full text [Details]
Kelly, Elish; McGuinness, Seamus; O'Connell, Philip J.; Pandiella, Alberto González; Haugh, David; (2015) How did Immigrants fare in the Irish Labour Market over the Great Recession?. UCD Geary Institute for Public Policy: Working Paper Link to full text [Details]
Nivakoski, S; O'Connell, P; Hargaden, M (2015) Public service activities among University staff. Working Paper Link to full text [Details]
                                                                     

Research

Research Interests

Current research interests include:

  • ·         Active labour market programmes and the transition from unemployment to work
  • ·         Working conditions and work-place change
  • ·         Migration and integration
  • ·         Equality in the labour market
  • ·         Continuing education and training of employed workers