Frances P. Ruane

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Frances P. Ruane is an Irish academic economist and former director of the Economic and Social Research Institute (ESRI) in Dublin, Ireland 2006−2015. In 2017, she was named chair of the board at the Abbey Theatre.[1]

Early life and education career[edit]

She is a native of Tuam, Co. Galway.[2] She holds a B.A. in economics, an M.A. in econometrics from University College Dublin, and a DPhil from Oxford University. In 1977 she took up a teaching post at Trinity College, Dublin, becoming an associate professor of economics in 1991.[2] She also worked at Queen's University, Kingston, Ontario, Canada. Previously, she worked at the Industrial Development Authority and the Central Bank of Ireland.


She succeeded Brendan Whelan as director of the ESRI on 1 December 2006.[3]

Ruane has contributed to the understanding of international economics, industrial development, structural change, and firm heterogeneity. She has served on many committees and boards, including the Higher Education Authority, the Health Research Board, the Council of Economic Advisers (Scotland), the National Statistics Board, the European Advisory Committee on Statistical Information in the Economic and Social Spheres, the National Board for Science and Technology, the Industrial Development Authority, Forfás, and Bord Gáis.

Ruane regularly appears in the media.[4][5]


  1. ^ "Frances Ruane appointed chair of Abbey Theatre board". The Irish Times. Retrieved 2017-12-13.
  2. ^ a b "Buck Stops Here". 26 June 2010. Retrieved 25 May 2016.
  3. ^ "Person: Frances Ruane". Economic and Social Research Institute (ESRI). Retrieved 25 May 2016.
  4. ^ One to One, Oct 29, 2006 Archived 2008-03-15 at the Wayback Machine
  5. ^ DAFT report

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