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Dr Catherine Kavanagh

Catherine Kavanagh


University College Cork
Cork University Business School ORCID profile



Dr. Catherine Kavanagh is a Lecturer in Economics at UCC and received her PhD from the University of Aberdeen. Her research areas include compensation in the workplace, labour market policies, the skills and qualifications of workers, income distribution and measures of progress. Her most recent research focuses on monitoring of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and together with Professor Charles M.A. Clark (St. John's University, New York), she has published many reports that monitor the performance and achievement of the SDGs of the EU15 countries, including Ireland. Dr. Kavanagh is the Co-Director of the MSc in Business Economics programme in the School of Economics. She was formerly Manager of the Government appointed group, the Expert Group on Future Skills Needs and is a former member of the Council of the National Centre for Performance and Partnership. She is currently a member of the Academic Council of Social Justice Ireland. 

Research Domains

  • Labour Market Policies  
  • Labour Market Compensation  
  • The Economics of Skills and Human Capital
  • Skills, Education, and Training Policies
  • Incentives and Contracts  
  • Measures of Economic Progress  
  • Income Distribution and Inequality
  • Economic Growth and Sustainability  
  • Economics of well-being, social and environmental progress
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Book chapter

Year Publication
2015 CLARK, C., KAVANAGH, C. (2015). Social Progress in Ireland. Social Justice Ireland.

Magazine article

Year Publication
2018 KAVANAGH, C., LEHINAN, N. (2018). Strategies for Success: How a Small Business Competes in the Motorhome Industry in Ireland. Irish Business Journal, Ireland.


Year Publication
2018 LEHINAN, N., CLARK, C., KAVANAGH, C. (2018). Measuring Progress: Economy, Society and Environment in Ireland. Social Justice Ireland, Ireland.
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