I am an Assistant Professor of Economics at Trinity College Dublin, where my areas of research include urban economics, housing markets and global economic history. Prior to starting at Trinity, I was a DPhil student at Balliol College, Oxford, where my doctoral thesis covered the economics of Ireland’s recent property market bubble and crash. The unifying aim of much of my research – from how European property markets to long-run series on stock markets and wages – is to understand how economic systems work and thereby contribute to our understanding of what makes a city, region or country thrive. I’m also interested in how decisions are made and some of my economic research involves behavioural aspects, such as the impact of information. You can find out more about my research here.
On this site, which I set up in early 2008, I try to examine themes related to my research, by looking at the Irish economy, the world economy and property markets. To do that, I draw on my experience as an economic researcher and analyst across academic, private and public sectors and my work on issues relating to public policy, national competitiveness, ICT and economic development, economic growth, foreign direct investment and the history of globalization. Some of what I post here is cross-posted at irisheconomy.ie. My first book, co-edited with Ed Burke, was published in 2011 and is called Next Generation Ireland.
I currently teach a number of courses at undergraduate and graduate level, including History of the World Economy (EC4020), Applied Urban Economics (EC4150), Introduction to Economic Policy (EC1040) and Irish Economic Policy in Context (EC8001). Students looking forward materials relating to these courses are directed to Trinity’s Blackboard system.
If you’re interested in what makes me tick, I seem to have always been interested in economic affairs. My earliest idea was when I was six or seven: I wanted to become an architect so that I could design six buildings employing 50,000 each, thus solving Ireland’s then unemployment crisis! (If only it were that simple…) About ten years later, I started a degree in Economics & Political Science in Trinity College, Dublin and I was elected a Scholar of the College in 2000. Having graduated with a first class joint honours degree, I went on to read a first-class honours M.Sc. and a research-based M.Litt. in Economics, where my thesis with Kevin O’Rourke was on the relationship between labor market inequality and its determinants, including deglobalization, unionization and industrial change.
After serving briefly as a Junior Diplomat with Irish Aid in 2005/2006, I was economist forIreland’s National Competitiveness Council and a policy analyst at Forfás, Ireland’s enterprise policy advisory board in 2006 and 2007. From 2007 to 2009, I was a Managing Consultant at the IBM Center for Economic Analysis, part of IBM’s business think-tank, the Institute for Business Value. My work involved research and analysis on issues of importance to economic development, including the socioeconomic impact of ICT, emerging markets, environmental challenges and the global economic recession. On the basis of my work on economic development, I was asked to present nationally and internationally on Ireland’s economic development and on topics relating to competitiveness and foreign direct investment.
In 2004, I set up the Economic Research unit at daft.ie, Ireland’s largest property website, and since then, I have been responsible for the quarterly reports on Ireland’s residential sales and lettings markets. The Daft Report has grown to become one of the most widely cited economic reports in the country. I still work with Daft.ie but my full-time role is at Trinity College Dublin. I’m also a Research Associate at the Spatial Economics Research Centre in LSE and at the National Institute of Regional & Spatial Analysis in NUI Maynooth.
Through my work on the blog, I’ve become a regular commentator and consultant in Ireland and internationally on Irish economic conditions, in particular relating to the housing market. You can read more about contributions I’ve made to public debate here.
If you are interested in learning more about professional advice and consultancy, please see this part of my website. If you’d like to contact me, click here. You can also connect with me on twitter, LinkedIn, or academia.edu, if you’re on any of those networks.
PS. While economics is the primary focus of my attentions and thus of my website, I am also interested in and post about genealogy, technology, politics and a few other bits and pieces, which are hidden away here. I have a separate genealogy site, on myheritage.com, with lots more information on my family tree, if that’s of interest.