The economic impact of higher education institutions in Ireland: evidence from disaggregated input–output tables

Q. Zhang, C. Larkin, B.M. Lucey

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While there has been a long history of modelling the economic impact of higher education institutions (HEIs), little research has been undertaken in the context of Ireland. This paper provides, for the first time, a disaggregated input–output table for Ireland's higher education sector. The picture painted overall is a higher education sector that adds considerable gross value to the national economy, whether via state or other income. In 2010–2011, the gross income of Irish HEIs, as a total of €2.6 billion, generated gross output nationwide of €10.6 billion. This study also contributes to the major challenges facing the sector in a post-Bailout environment.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1601-1623
Number of pages23
JournalStudies in Higher Education
Issue number9
Early online date1 Dec 2015
Publication statusPublished - 30 Sep 2017


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