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The Department has internationally competitive research strengths in macroeconomics, international development, cultural economics, energy economics and applied microeconomics. The Department has been successful in attracting financial support from IRCHSS, Irish Aid, Science Foundation Ireland, PRTLI, the EU Framework Programme, NORFACE, the World Bank, Fondation Banque de France and the Institute for New Economic Thinking (INET).

The macroeconomics group includes Agustin Benetrix, Vahagn Galstyan, Davide Romelli, Paul Scanlon and Michael Wycherley. This group is centered around the IM-TCD (International Macro-TCD) research unit, that aims to provide high-quality research in the field of international macroeconomics and finance. The international development area also has critical mass with staff members Andrea Guariso, Fadi Hassan, Michael King, Martina Kirchberger, Tara Mitchell, Gaia Narciso and Carol Newman. Their research unit, the Trinity IMpact Evaluation Unit (TIME), brings together researchers in economics, development practitioners, and policy makers in a collective effort to estimate the impact and understand the underlying mechanisms of development projects, aid, and investments. Eleanor Denny is highly active in the field of energy economics, while Ronan Lyons is prominent in the fields of economic history, housing markets and urban economics. Francis O'Toole is active in various fields of applied microeconomics (competition economics, applied theory). For more detailed information on research activity, see the home pages of individual staff members.