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Triniy CampusWelcome to the Department of Economics at Trinity College Dublin. The department is long considered the strongest economics department in Ireland and Trinity is ranked No. 1 in Ireland for ‘Business and Economics’ in the World University Subject Rankings in 2019.

Research Excellence: With twenty five faculty members and associated staff, Trinity Economics has a strong publishing record on topics with global relevance. The department has significant research clusters in development economics and international macroeconomics, and strengths in urban economics, energy economics, financial economics, economic history, political economy and industrial economics.

The development economics group has established the Trinity IMpact Evaluation (TIME) Research Centre dedicated to producing robust evidence on the effectiveness and mechanisms behind development interventions and investments. TIME has specialities in financial inclusion, enterprise development, gender, health, migration and social protection, and faculty members include Andrea Guariso, Michael King, Martina Kirchberger, Nicola Mastrorocco, Tara Mitchell, Gaia Narciso, Carol Newman and Alejandra Ramos. Trinity is among the largest research clusters for development economists in Europe.

The international macro group, IM-TCD, includes Agustin Benetrix, Vahagn Galstyan, Joseph Kopecky, Philip Lane, Davide Romelli, Paul Scanlon and Michael Wycherley and associated members Patrick Honohan and John Fitzgerald. IM-TCD is a dynamic group which contributes to understanding of key international economy challenges. The Whately Professor of Political Economy Philip Lane has a high international research profile for international macroeconomics.

The department also has research strengths in urban economics (Martina Kirchberger and Ronan Lyons), energy economics (Eleanor Denny), financial economics (Agustin Benetrix, Vahagn Galstyan, Michael King and Davide Romelli), economic history (Ronan Lyons, Gaia Narciso and Marvin Suesse), political economy (Nicola Mastrorocco and Gaia Narciso) and industrial economics (Francis O’Toole). For more detailed information on research activity, see the home pages of individual staff members.

The Department has been successful in attracting financial support from the Irish Research Council,  Irish Aid, Science Foundation Ireland, PRTLI, H2020, the EU Framework Programmes, NORFACE, the World Bank, Innovation for Poverty Action (IPA), Fondation Banque de France and the Institute for New Economic Thinking (INET).

High Quality Teaching: Faculty members have won multiple teaching awards in recent years and the department takes great pride in its undergraduate teaching, provided through the BESS programme (Business, Economics and Social Studies), the PPES programme (Politics, Philosophy, Economics and Sociology) and the TSM (Two-Subject Moderatorship) programme. The Department has exchange programmes with a range of international universities.

Equally important to the Department are its successful postgraduate programmes. The MSc in Economics is designed to provide the skills required to undertake advanced research and prepare students for economist roles in the private and public sectors. Core modules in microeconomics, macroeconomics and econometrics are complemented with a range of applied modules to allow students to specialise. A more bespoke version is offered for students interested in development economics, namely the MSc in Economics – International Development.

The doctoral programme includes 30 credits of PhD-level coursework, plus the writing of a dissertation. It is the largest doctoral programme in Ireland and its doctoral graduates have positions in high-profile academic institutions (Oxford, Tufts, Kiel, Lausanne, Ecole Polytechnique, Royal Holloway, City University London, Hamburg, Dortmund and University College Dublin), policy organisations (European Central Bank, European Commission, International Monetary Fund, OECD, Central Bank of Ireland, Irish Department of Finance) and the private sector. The Department provides generous financial support for research students through a programme of teaching assistantships, as well as providing a number of research awards.

Global Reach: Students at the Department of Economics come from all around the world and we have an extensive global alumni network. The department leads research activities in over 25 countries across Asia, Africa, Europe and South and Central America.

History: Economics was first taught in Trinity College in 1832 when Mountifort Longfield was appointed to the newly established Chair of Political Economy, a chair endowed by the then Church of Ireland Archbishop of Dublin, Dr. Richard Whately.