Irish Postgraduate and Early Career Economics Workshop 2019 – Updates

This year’s Irish Postgraduate and Early Career Economics (IPECE) Workshop will be hosted by the Discipline of Economics at NUI Galway on Thursday June 6th and Friday June 7th. The event is aimed at PhD students, PostDocs, early career researchers and advanced Masters students based in higher education and research institutions on the island of Ireland. The meeting will feature the work and findings of scholars in economics and related fields, and will provide an excellent opportunity to present research results and work-in-progress in a welcoming and constructive environment. We strongly encourage those working on economics-related research to submit.

IPECE Webpage

We now have a dedicated workshop webpage: http://www.nuigalway.ie/business-public-policy-law/cairnes/subjectareas/economics/ipece2019/. Please check in for full details of the workshop and for regular updates.

IPECE Training Event – An Introduction to Machine Learning for Economists

This training event will be delivered by Dr. Achim Ahrens from the Economic and Social Research Institute (ESRI) on Thursday 6th June from 1pm to 5pm. It will provide an overview of popular Machine Learning techniques and the focus will be on LASSO regression, a regularization and model selection method that can deal with high-dimensional data. It will also discuss how the LASSO and other Machine Learning tools can be useful for economists; in particular, how Machine Learning can improve predictions and facilitate causal inference. The presentation will be followed by a demonstration using the Stata packages LASSOPACK and PDSLASSO.  

Deadline for Submission

The deadline for abstract submission is Monday April 1st. Applicants will receive notification shortly afterwards. Please note that if you wish to be considered for a discussant session, you will be expected to submit a full paper by Monday May 20th. Please see the IPECE webpage for further details.

Support

Support from the Irish Economic Association (IEA) and the Discipline of Economics at NUI Galway is gratefully acknowledged.

Miriam Hederman O’Brien Prize for 2018

The Foundation for Fiscal Studies presents the annual Miriam Hederman O’Brien Prize to recognise outstanding contributors in the area of Irish fiscal policy. The aim is to recognise those who promote the study and discussion of fiscal, economic and social policy. This forms an important part of the Foundation’s objective of promoting understanding and knowledge in these areas

Last year’s winner and shortlisted nominations are available here.

Call for Nominations

Nominations are invited for work completed during 2018 that has added to the public knowledge or understanding in areas such as taxation, public expenditure and other related fiscal policy topics. These contributions may include research papers, reports, books, book chapters, blog posts, opinion pieces, newspaper articles, television or radio contributions/documentaries or any other method which has publicly provided new and relevant insights into these topics in Ireland.

A shortlist of nominations will be compiled with the winners selected by a judging panel for the Prize. The judging panel will consist of national and international experts and is chaired by FFS Chairman.

The successful contribution will be awarded the Miriam Hederman O’Brien Prize which includes a cash prize of €1,000 and commemorative Gold Medal. The judging panel may also recognise other contributions from different categories or other types of contributions and award them appropriately.

Criteria / Eligibility

·         The Prize is for work completed during the period 1 January 2018 to 31 December 2018.

·         There are no age or nationality criteria.

·         No individual may be awarded the Prize more than once.

·         Jointly-produced work will be considered, provided that no contributor has previously been awarded the Prize.

The Nomination Process

·         The closing date for nominations is 15 May 2019.

·         Those making nominations should briefly specify (100-150 words) why they believe the work is suitable for consideration for the Prize. They should also provide a weblink or other details of the work being nominated.

·         Those making nominations may nominate more than one piece of work.

·         Those making nominations are encouraged to nominate any pieces of work they feel meet the criteria for the prize, regardless of whether or not they themselves are the author. Authors may also nominate their own work.

·         Nominations for the Prize should be made by email to info@fiscal.ie.

Report Launch: Micro-Businesses in Ireland

Wednesday April 3rd 2019

National University of Ireland, 49 Merrion Square E, Dublin 2

4:00-5:30pm

REPORT LAUNCH

‘Micro-Businesses in Ireland: From Ambition to Innovation’

Authors: Dr. Jane Bourke & Prof. Stephen Roper

Launched by Senator Pádraig Ó Céidigh

PANEL DISCUSSION

‘Supporting Micro-Business Growth in Ireland’

Chair: Prof. Stephen Roper (ERC & WBS). Panel:  Senator Padraig O’Ceidigh, Sven Spollen-Behrens (Small Firms Association), Lisa Collins (Micro-Business Owner), & Dr. Jane Bourke (UCC & ERC)

As places are limited please register here

Further information is available here 

Professor David O’Mahony, RIP

Professor David O’Mahony, former UCC Professor of Economics, passed away on March 10th.  He was Professor of Economics in UCC from 1964 to 1988.

A highly-respected scholar, his works include The Irish economy: an introductory description (1964), Ireland and the EEC: political, legal and economic aspects (1972) and The general theory of profit equilibrium: Keynes and the entrepreneur economy (1998) (with Connell Fanning). In addition, he authored several Economic Research Institute (now ESRI) papers, in particular on collective bargaining and industrial relations.     

Professor O’Mahony was widely held in great respect and affection by colleagues and students alike and will be sadly missed.

Funeral arrangements: https://rip.ie/death-notice/professor-david-o-mahony-sunday-s-well-cork/382183

DEW, September 2019 – call for papers

The 42nd DEW Annual Economic Policy Conference will take place on 13/14 September 2019 in Clayton Whites Hotel, County Wexford. DEW is Ireland’s longest standing and premier forum for economic policy debate. Founded in 1977, the annual economic policy conference is attended by policymakers, academics and practitioners with a focus on evidence-based policymaking. We are now in the process of assembling speakers for this year’s event and would like to invite a call for papers in the following areas:

  • The economics of health
  • Sustainability & climate change
  • Small open economies
  • Labour market
  • 20th Anniversary of the Euro
  • Housing

Submissions should be sent to sarah@dublineconomics.com, by Thursday 18 April. All submissions will be treated fairly but cannot be guaranteed to be accepted for inclusion in the conference.

DEW Committee

Does (airport) price regulation offer lessons for protecting the public from overcharging for public investment projects?

Here is a somewhat longer version of an Op Ed I wrote for a recent edition of the Irish Independent.

The article is based on the accompanying Table, of which the current version is drawn from last year’s Issues Paper (p.52) published by the aviation regulator’s office. The Table aims to set out, comprehensively and (crucially) ex ante, all of the different ways in which a projects costs might differ from the projected costs – some good, some not so good, some catastrophic – and the appropriate regulatory policy for each.

How are we to protect taxpayers from outrageous cost escalation on public investment projects that draw from a finite pool of taxpayer funds and thereby squeeze out other plans? There may be lessons from the approach of regulatory offices that organise their assessment of capital expenditures with a view to protecting, for example, airport passengers from costs overruns on major projects such as the second terminal (T2) at Dublin airport.