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New Book Published on the Economics of Higher Education in Ireland

A major new book edited by Dr Darragh Flannery, KBS, UL and Dr John Cullinan, NUI Galway, entitled Economic Insights on Higher Education Policy in Ireland: Evidence from a Public System, was recently published by Palgrave MacMillan.

The book synthesises the state of the art in the area of the economics of higher education in Ireland and brings together contributions from a number of leading national and international researchers. It sets out to translate the findings from an often technical and complex body of research, making them accessible to a much wider audience, in order to inform policy and practice.

In particular the book looks to examine questions that have direct policy relevance and it makes a number of policy recommendations. It considers issues such as the factors influencing participation in higher education, the importance of geographic accessibility for higher education outcomes, student retention in third level, as well as the role and impact of access programmes. Other issues addressed concern the regional economic impacts of higher education institutions, the private and public returns to higher education, as well as the big policy issue of the day, who should fund higher education and how.

Speaking at the launch of the book, Dr Graham Love, Chief Executive Officer of the Higher Education Authority, said: “I would like to congratulate John and Darragh for bringing together such high-quality and policy relevant research from so many esteemed researchers in the field. The book is the very first of its kind in Ireland and is unique internationally in its focus on a public system and, as a result, I think it will prove to be a wonderful resource for those interested and working in the higher education sector.”

The book is available at http://www.palgrave.com/gp/book/9783319485522