ESHSI Annual Conference: Call For Papers

ANNUAL CONFERENCE OF THE ECONOMIC AND SOCIAL HISTORY SOCIETY OF IRELAND 2021: CALL FOR PAPERS

The annual conference of the Economic and Social History Society of Ireland will be held online, hosted by the National University of Ireland, Galway on the 3rd and 4th of December 2021.  

The K. H. Connell memorial lecture will be given by David Dickson, on ‘Ireland and the Caribbean in the eighteenth century’.  

Papers of 20 minutes duration on all aspects of the economic and social history of Ireland are welcome.  

Please send proposals for papers to Niall Ó Ciosáin (niall.ociosain@nuigalway.ie) by September 20th, 2021.  

Proposals should include an abstract of 100-250 words and full contact details. 

Fiscal Council Conference 8th-9th February

The Fiscal Council has an exciting lineup for its fifth annual Path for the Public Finances conference.

This year’s theme is “Ensuring debt sustainability in a post-Covid world”.

The conference will focus on the theme of fiscal policy in the era of high public debt and low interest rates that follows the outbreak of Covid-19.

The conference has two sessions: the first looks at fiscal policy of high debt conditional on current interest rates (debt sustainability analysis; what does it means for the fiscal rules, how should policymakers respond). The second takes a more “big picture” look at the sustainability of low interest rates given high public debt, ageing, financial implications and whether such pressures might influence monetary policy.

The conference takes place over 8th – 9th February 2021 from 2pm – 4pm both afternoons.

Speakers include Olivier Blanchard, Agnès Bénassy-Quéré, Charles Wyplosz, Hélène Rey, Philip Lane, Antonio Fatás and Karolina Ekholm.

Full programme and Registration details are available at the Fiscal Council’s website:

Irish Society for Women in Economics ‘Planning Workshop’ – 19th February 2021

The under-representation of women in economics is an international issue which is also replicated in Ireland.

The Irish Economic Association (IEA) is currently developing the Irish Society for Women in Economics (ISWE) to help address this issue.

On Friday 19th February from 9-11am we will hold our first ‘planning workshop’. The aim of this workshop is to learn from the experiences of similar initiatives in other countries and to discuss the substantive and organisational development of ISWE.

Anyone who is interested in being involved in ISWE is encouraged to attend. Both male and female economists working in the public or private sector on the island of Ireland are welcome. PhD students are particularly encouraged to attend.

The workshop will have 2 parts:

·       First, Dr. Leonora Risse, Chair of the Women in Economics Network (WEN) in Australia, will share her experiences of setting up and developing WEN since 2017 (https://esawen.org.au/).

·       Second, workshop participants will be divided into breakout rooms to brainstorm and discuss how best to develop ISWE in Ireland, covering topics such as the purpose of the society, its events and activities, its governance and funding structure. 

If you are interested in participating, please register in advance here:

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the workshop.



Fiscal Council Webinar Wednesday 2nd December

The Fiscal Council is hosting a webinar on the December 2020 Fiscal Assessment Report, “Sustaining the Economy through Covid-19″.

This is the Council’s 19th Fiscal Assessment Report and comes as the Covid-19 pandemic continues to have a major impact on the Irish economy and public finances. The Report assesses the economic and fiscal consequences and explores a range of possible scenarios to 2025 along with an assessment of the policy consequences.

The twice-yearly Fiscal Assessment Report is the Council’s main publication. It assesses the Government’s budgetary stance, macroeconomic and fiscal forecasts, and compliance with fiscal rules.

The webinar will take place at 2pm Irish time on Wednesday 2nd December 2020.

Those interested in attending are invited to register at: https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_H2MmvtM-SYuOY4OPdt4ckQ.

DEW 2020

The 2020 Dublin Economics Workshop will be held as an online event with sessions taking place from Monday to Friday next week. Details of the topics, participants and registration can be found here.