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Professor John O'Hagan


Professor John W. O'Hagan

John O'Hagan

Updated March 2020



Professor of Economics, Emeritus, c/o Department of Economics, Trinity College. Dublin 2,
Ireland. email:

Worked in Trinity College Dublin since 1970 and have been Professor of Economics since 2005 (Professor Emeritus since October 2016).

In the past a visiting Scholar/Professor at the universities of York and Bath in England, the University of Copenhagen in Denmark (four times), Cologne University (twice) and Witten/Herdecke University (Germany). College Bursar from 2001 to 2005 and awarded the Provost’s Life-Time Teaching Award in 2009. Still gives a module of lectures on the European Economy in the Junior Sophister year (around 70-80 students).

President of the annual undergraduate journal, Student Economic Review (SER), from its inception in 1987 to 2016. See Lead academic figure in developing between 2012 and 2018 the successful Grattan PhD Scholarship programme in the School of Social Sciences and Philosophy. On the Executive Board of the Association of Cultural Economics International from 1996 to 2002, and President from 1998 to 2000. Was centrally involved in the past with four major government-appointed bodies, dealing with: Long-term Unemployment, the Arts and Local Government, Local Government Financing, and Value for Money in the Arts.

Research has covered two main areas; the economics of the arts, especially the migration and clustering of creative workers, and the Economy of Ireland. In relation to the latter, was editor or co-editor of thirteen editions of the popular Economy of Ireland book, between 1975 and 2017 (published in turn by IMI, Gill & Macmillan, Macmillan and Palgrave). Main project work at present, and one ongoing for over ten years, is on spatial dimensions to the output of creative writers and of economists, in a historical context (with colleagues in Dortmund, Germany).

Recent publications are listed below (a * indicating where the material has gone through a formal anonymous refereeing process).


Books/Monographs (from 2012)

2020 Rationale, Operation and Issues: Irish Spending Review Process, 2017-2019, Report for Department of Expenditure and Reform, Dublin (forthcoming).
2017 The Economy of Ireland: Policymaking in a Global Context (co-editor with Francis O’Toole), Palgrave,
London, 385pp.

2017 Enhancing Cultural Participation (co-editor with J. Prieto et al), Springer, Berlin, 400pp.

2014 The Economy of Ireland: National and Sectoral Policy Issues (co-editor with Carol Newman and contributor) (twelfth edition), Gill and Macmillan, Dublin, 373pp.


Articles/Book Chapters (from 2012)

2020* "Age, spatial and gender dimensions to historical American literary writing" (under
review with US journal).
2020* "Do State funding, geographic location, and networks matter? The case of prominent Irish actors, directors and writers" (under review with UK journal) (co-authors Ruth Barton and Denis Murphy)
2020 "Tax Concessions", in T. Navarrete and R. Towse (eds.), Handbook of Cultural Economics (third edition) Edward Elgar, Cheltenham (forthcoming).
2019 ‘American Literary Output from early 19th to Late 20th Century: Age, Gender and Spatial Dimensions’, Working Paper TRiSS, Trinity College Dublin
2019 ‘Location, Migration and Age: Literary Output in German from mid-18th to early-20th Century’, Working Paper TRiSS, Trinity College Dublin (co-author Lukas Kuld)
2018 ‘The Irish economy 1973 to 2016’, in T. Bartlett (editor) The Cambridge History of Ireland 1844 to
2014, Volume 4, Cambridge University Press, pp. 500-526.


‘The proportion of co-authored research articles has risen markedly in recent decades’, LSE Impact Blog) (co-author Lukas Kuld, 4 April)

2018* ‘Rise of multi-authored papers in economics: Demise of the ‘lone star’ and why?’, Scientometrics, (114 3), pp. 1207–1225 (co-author Lukas Kuld)


‘Growth of  multi-authored journal articles in  economics: new evidence’, (CEPR policy
portal, 16 December). (Co-author Lukas Kuld)


‘Consumption and living conditions’, in E. Biagini and M. Daly (editors), The Cambridge Social History of Modern Ireland, Cambridge University Press (co-author with A. Bielenberg), pp. 195-211. ,


‘Historical   migration   and   geographic   clustering   of   prominent   Western   philosophers’,   Homo Oeconomicus: Journal of Behavioral and Institutional Economics (co-author Alan Walsh), April 34(1), pp. 11-32.


‘Objectives of arts funding agencies do not map well onto societal objectives’, Cultural Trends. 25 (4)
pp. 1–14.


‘Attendance at publicly-funded arts events: Are the highly variable rates by educational level a cause for concern?’ Social Observatory (Spanish e-journal).


‘European Statistics on cultural participation and  their international comparability’, International
Journal of Cultural Policy, 22 (2), pp. 291-303 (on-line 2014). (Reproduced in J Prieto et al, Enhancing
Cultural Participation, Springer, Berlin 2017).


‘Attendance  at/participation  in   the   arts   by   educational  level:   Evidence  and   issues’,   Homo
Oeconomicus; Journal of Behavioral and Institutional Economics, 31(3), pp. 411-429. (Reproduced in J Prieto et al, Enhancing Cultural Participation, Springer, Berlin 2017).


‘Migration and clustering of creative workers: Historical case studies of visual artists and  composers’, in L. Brennan (editor), Enacting Globalization: Multidisciplinary Perspectives on International Integration, Palgrave, pp 125-133.


‘War and individual life-cycle creativity: Tentative evidence in relation to composers’, Journal of
Cultural Economics (co-author K. Borowiecki), 347-358, Vol 37 (3).


Sharing Economic Sovereignty: Beneficial or Not and Who Decides?   IIEA Governance Paper No. 2,
May, 1-12.


‘Demand   for   live   orchestral   music:   The   case   of   German   Kulturorchester’,   Jahrbücher   für Nationalökonomie und Statistik (Journal of Economics and Statistics), (co-author, M. Zieba), 225-245, Vol 235 (2).


‘Tax expenditures: Pervasive, ‘hidden’ and undesirable subsidies to the arts?’ Homo Oeconomicus:
Journal of Behavioral and Institutional Economics, 95-118, Vol 29. (2).


‘Historical patterns based on automatically extracted data: The case of classical composers’, Historical
Social Research: Historische Sozialforschung, Vol. 3 (No. 2), 298-314 (co-author K. Borowiecki)

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