Irish Economic Policy Conference 2014

Irish Economic Policy Conference 2014


Theme: Economic Policy after the Bailout

Venue: The Institute of Bankers

Date: 31st January 2013

The conference aims to provide a forum for discussion of new ideas on the conduct of Irish economic policy, including the extent to which economics and related disciplines can make a greater contribution to the conduct of economic policy in Ireland, and the extent to which policy can be designed more effectively. The speakers and chairs come from a range of institutions and disciplines and there also be online access to presentations to ensure to enable debate through blogs and twitter.  There will be a registration charge of €20. There is no charge for student participants. Coffee will be provided mid-morning and there will be a break at 12.45 to enable participants to take lunch.


9:15 – 10:45: Plenary: The Impact of the Crisis on Industrial Relations

Chair:  Aedín Doris (NUI Maynooth)

· Kieran Mulvey (Labour Relations Commission) Prospects for Pay and Industrial Relations in the Irish Economy

· Shay Cody (IMPACT Trade Union) The impact of the crisis on industrial relations – a public service focus”

· Michelle O’Sullivan/Tom Turner (University of Limerick) The Crisis and Implications for Precarious Employment’”

10.45-11.15: Coffee Break

11:15 – 12:45:  2A. Migration and the Labour Market

Chair:  Philip O’Connell (UCD Geary Institute)

· Piaras MacÉinrí (UCC) ‘Beyond the choice v constraint debate: some key findings from a recent representative survey on emigration’

· Peter Muhlau (TCD) Social ties and the labour market integration of Polish migrants in Ireland and Germany”

· Alan Barrett (ESRI & TCD) and Irene Mosca (TCD) “The impact of an adult child’s emigration on the mental health of an older parent”

2B. Economics: Teaching and Practice

Chair: Ronan Gallagher (Dept of Public Expenditure and Reform)

· Brian Lucey (TCD): “Finance Education Before and After the Crash”

· Liam Delaney (Stirling): “Graduate Economics Education”

· Jeffrey Egan (McGraw-Hill Education) “The commercial interest in Third Level Education”

12:45 – 1:45: Lunch Break

1:45 – 3:15: 3A. Health and Recovery

Chair: Alex White, TD, Minister of State

· David Madden (UCD) “Health and Wealth on the Roller-Coaster: Ireland 2003-2011”

· Charles Normand TCD) and Anne Nolan (TCD & ESRI) “The impact of the economic crisis on health and the health system in Ireland”

· Paul Gorecki (ESRI) ‘Pricing Pharmaceuticals: Has Public Policy Delivered?”

3B. Fiscal Policy

Chair: Stephen Kinsella (UL)

· Seamus Coffey (UCC) “The continuing constraints on Irish fiscal policy”

· Diarmuid Smyth (IFAC) ‘IFAC: Formative years and the future’

· Rory O’Farrell, (NERI) “Supplying solutions in demanding times: the effects of various fiscal measures”

3:15 – 3:30: Coffee Break

3:30 – 5:00: Plenary: Debt, Default and Banking System Design

Chair: Fiona Muldoon (Central Bank of Ireland)

· Greg Connor (NUI Maynooth) “An Economist’s Perspective on the Quality of Irish Bank Assets”

· Kieran McQuinn and Yvonne McCarthy (Central Bank of Ireland) “Credit conditions in a boom and bust property market”

· Colm McCarthy “Designing a Banking System for Economic Recovery”

· Ronan Lyons (TCD) “Household expectations and the housing market: from bust to boom”