Household size in Ireland: Stylised facts and cross country trends

The Economic and Social Research Institute (ESRI) has published new research: Household size in Ireland: Stylised facts and cross country trends.

This research is funded by the Department of Housing, Local Government and Heritage, and it compares the trends in household size (number of persons per household) in Ireland to other European countries for the period 2005-2021. The research also explores what factors might explain differences between Ireland and other countries such as socio-demographic characteristics, economic factors and other influences. 

The research found that Ireland has a high average household size on a cross-country basis and this pattern has remained over the past 20 years.

The paper is available to download here.