I was appointed to the Chair of International Business and Economic Development at Trinity College Dublin in 2007, having formerly been Associate Professor of Economics at University College Dublin. My professional interests are in International Trade, Foreign Direct Investment (FDI), Economic Development and the Irish Economy.
My current research spans
four areas: (i) Irish
Policy, (ii) Ireland of the 1950s,
Direct Investment and Industry Analyses, and (iv) Development Economics. The
following provides some details of my recent work in each of these
have been working on
political economy issues, including the political economy of the
current crisis. A paper on "Politics and Economic
Policymaking in Ireland" is available here.
"Institutional Capacity and Economic Development", which dates from
2006 and includes a discussion of the Celtic Tiger era while it still
raged, is referenced under Development Economics below, .
Partnership, Competitiveness and Exit from
is an academic paper published in Spring 2009, available here.
Ireland of the 1950s
The severe economic
crisis of 1950s Ireland
spawned some major policy innovations such as the introduction of
Export Profits Tax Relief in 1956, which was the forerunner of
Ireland's continuing low corporation-tax stategy. The decade also
witnessed the demise of protectionism. (An ongoing research
project studies "Foreign Ownership of Irish Business under
research papers of mine on the period include:
"Foreign Investment and
the Politics of Export Profits Tax Relief 1956", available here.
"Politics and Fiscal
Policy under Lemass: A
Theoretical Appraisal", May 2009, available here.
and Irish Trade Policy over the Last
Half-Century: a Tale Told Without Recourse to Heroes", presented
to a conference in honour of Tom Garvin in March 2009, is here.
"Theoretical and Pragmatic Elements in the Civil Service Debates on Trade Liberalisation", presented to a conference in honour of T.K.Whitaker in September 2008, is here.
of the 1930s is discussed in my paper with Mary E. Daly entitled "Irish
Perceptions of the Great Depression", which is here.
"Ireland's Inward FDI over the Recession
and Beyond", joint with Adele Bergin of the ESRI, is being regularly
updated. The March 2010 working paper version is available here.
"FDI Implications of some recent European
Court of Justice Decisions
on Corporation Tax Matters" (with Rosemary Healy-Rae), published in
European Business Organisation Law Review in 2010 is here.
"The Common Consolidated Corporate Tax
Base Debate", October
2008, draft available here.
"The Irish Pharmaceutical Industry over
the Boom Period and Beyond"
(with Chris Van Egeraat), September 2008, draft available here.
"Foreign Direct Investment, Industrial
Policy and the Emergence of
an Irish Indigenous Software Cluster".
"The Decline of the Computer Hardware
Sector: How Ireland Adjusted"
(with Chris Van Egeraat), ESRI Quarterly Economic Commentary, Spring
2008, paper available here.