Frances Ruane has been an Associate Professor in the Department of Economics since 1991 and is presently Director of the MSc in Economic Policy Studies. A graduate of the National University of Ireland (University College Dublin) and the University of Oxford ( Nuffield College ), she joined the Department of Economics at Trinity College in 1977. Apart from Trinity College , she has worked at the Industrial Development Authority, the Central Bank of Ireland and Queen's University, Kingston , Ontario .

In December 2006, Frances Ruane is moving to the position of Director of the Economic and Social Research Institute in Dublin : Her email address at the ESRI will be She is a member of the editorial boards of the Journal of International and Economic Policy and the International Review of Economics and Finance and a member of the council of the Statistical and Social Inquiry Society of Ireland .

Since 2001 Frances Ruane has been a member of the Advisory Board to the Competition Authority. She represents Ireland on the European Advisory Committee on Statistical Information in the Economic and Social Spheres (CEIES).

Frances Ruane was Chairperson of the National Statistics Board (1995-2003) and a member of the World Bank's Data Advisory Panel (2002/2003). She was Head of the Department of Economics (1997-2000), President of the Irish Economic Association (2000-2002) and a member of the EURO-50 Group (1999-2005).

In the past she has served on a number of Irish State Boards, including the National Board for Science and Technology, the Industrial Development Authority and Forfás. She has also been a member of numerous governmental advisory committees/groups on issues, including Funding of Third Level Education, Tax and Social Welfare Reform, and Future Skills Needs.

Forthcoming and Recent Publications:

“Export Platform FDI and Dualistic Development” Forthcoming in Transnational Corporations , 2006 (with A. Ugur)

“Foreign Direct Investment in Ireland: Policy Implications for Emerging Economies” Forthcoming in The World Economy, 2006 (with Peter J. Buckley)

The Role of Public Policy in the Sectoral and Spatial Distribution of Irish Manufacturing Employment Forthcoming in Statistical and Social Inquiry Society of Ireland (with A.M. Gleeson and J. Sutherland)

“Promoting Industry Clusters: Evidence from Ireland ” in A.T. Tavares and A. Teixeira: Multinationals, Clusters and Innovation: Does Public Policy Matter? Palgrave Macmillan, 2006, pp107-119, (with A.M. Gleeson and J. Sutherland)

“Export Performance and Destination Characteristics of Irish Manufacturing Industry”, Review of World Economics, 141, (3), 2005, p 442 – 459 (with J. Sutherland)

“Labour Productivity and Foreign Direct Investment in Irish Manufacturing Industry: A Decomposition Analysis”, Economic and Social Review, 36, (1), 2005, p19 – 44 (with A. Ugur)

'Trade and Foreign Direct Investment in Manufacturing and Services', in Newman, C. & O'Hagan, J. The Economy of Ireland : National and Sectoral Policy Issues , Gill and Macmillan, 2005, pp 162-187, (with A. Ugur).

Foreign Direct Investment in Ireland ” in Y. Wei and V.N.Balasubramanyam (eds) Foreign Direct Investment: Six Country Case Studies , Edward Elgar, 2004, pp 134-161.

“Foreign Direct Investment and Productivity Spillovers in Irish Manufacturing Industry: Evidence from Plant Level Panel Data”, International Journal of Economics and Business, 2004, pp 53-66, (with A. Ugur)

“Measuring Globalization: How to meet Statistical Needs', 22nd CEIES Seminar on Statistics and Globalization, European Commission, EUROSTAT, Theme 1: General Statistics, pages 80-84, June 2003.

“ Industrial policy” and “Industrial research and development” in B. Joyce (ed.) Encyclopaedia of Ireland, Gill and Macmillan, 2003, p. 517, 518 .

' Governance and Policy in Ireland , Dublin : Institute of Public Administration , 2003 (Edited with Donal de Buitleir) pp. 177

'Wage Determination in the Irish Economy: An Economist's Perspective on the Benchmarking Report' In ESRI Quarterly Economic Commentary, Winter 2002, pp 59-76 (with R Lyons ).

'Globalization, Europeanization and Trade in the 1990s: Export Responses of Foreign and Indigenous Manufacturing Companies' in Henryk Kierzkowski (ed) Europe and Globalization , London , Palgrave Macmillan, 2002, pp207-228 (with J Sutherland).

'The Tangible Contribution of R&D-spending foreign owned plants to a host region: a plant-level study of the Irish manufacturing sector (1980-96)', Research Policy, Vol. 30, No. 2, February 2001, pp. 227-244 (with A. Kearns).

'Multinational Companies and Linkages: Panel-data Evidence for the Irish electronics sector', International Journal of the Economics of Business , Vol. 8, No. 1, 2001 pp 1-18 (with H. Görg).

'Globalisation and Fragmentation: Evidence for the Electronics Industry in Ireland ', in Arndt, S. and Kierzkowski, H. (eds): FRAGMENTATION: New Production Patterns in the World Economy, Oxford University Press, 2001, pp144-164. (with H. Görg).

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