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Dr Brian Lucey

Chair of International Finance and Commodities

Room 405
01 896 1552

Brian Lucey is Professor of International Finance and commodities. A graduate of TCD (BA, Economics, 1985), the National University of Ireland (MA, International Trade 1988) and Stirling (PhD, Finance , 2003), he has worked at Trinity Business School since 1992. Prior he worked as an economist at the Central Bank of Ireland and as an analyst at the Department of Health and Children.

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Brian researches mainly in the areas of the financial economics of precious metals, and has attracted significant funding from industry over the years on this area. He also researches international finance, with an emphasis on financial integration, chairing the annual INFINITI Conference on International Financial Integration.  He also edits two academic journals. He is editor in chief of International Review of Financial Analysis, and co-editor in chief of Finance Research Letters.

He has published over 100 refereed papers in international finance, commodities, behavioural finance and financial management. A fellow of the University, Professor Lucey has been recognized as a Conference Ambassador by Fáilte Ireland, for his work in development of the INFINITI conference on International Finance.

One of my main interests is in the financial economics of gold. Gold is an unusual asset. It shares characteristics of a commodity, a currency and an investment asset. Despite its large size (equal in turnover to the combined size of global equity markets by some estimates), we remain somewhat in the dark about much of what drives its behaviour. Early work that I undertook with Dirk Baur established the first quantitative measure of a “safe haven” while showing gold to be one. More recent work, with Baur and others, has focused on time variation in the relationship of gold to other assets, to inflation and to its safe haven status.

  • Commodities, especially precious metals
  • Financial econometrics
  • Sociology of finance
  • International finance


1. Is the Price of Gold to Gold Mining Stocks Asymmetric?
Batten, J. A., Ciner, C., Kosedag, A., & Lucey, B. M. (2017). Is the price of gold to gold mining stocks asymmetric? Economic Modelling, 60, 402-407. doi:10.1016/j.econmod.2016.10.007

2. The Dynamic Linkages between Crude Oil and Natural Gas Markets
Batten, J. A., Ciner, C., & Lucey, B. M. (2017). The dynamic linkages between crude oil and natural gas markets. Energy Economics, 62, 155-170. doi:10.1016/j.eneco.2016.10.019

3. Gold and Silver Manipulation: What can be Empirically Verified?
Batten, J. A., Lucey, B. M., & Peat, M. (2016). Gold and silver manipulation: What can be empirically verified? Economic Modelling, 56, 168-176. doi:10.1016/j.econmod.2016.03.005


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1. Other behavioral biases
Dowling, M., & Lucey, B. (2011). Other behavioral biases. Behavioral finance: Investors, corporations, and markets (pp. 313-330) doi:10.1002/9781118258415.ch17

2. Equity markets and economic development: What do we know?
Lagoarde-Segot, T., & Lucey, B. M. (2008). Equity markets and economic development: What do we know? Economics of emerging markets (pp. 22-66) Retrieved from

3. Cultural behavioral finance in emerging markets
Lucey, B. M., & Dowling, M. (2013). Cultural behavioral finance in emerging markets. Emerging markets and the global economy: A handbook (pp. 327-346) doi:10.1016/B978-0-12-411549-1.00014-44