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Dr. Irene Mosca
Visiting Research Fellow, Medical Gerontology


Irene Mosca holds a PhD in Economics from the University of Strathclyde (Glasgow, UK). Since 2010, she has been working with The Irish Longitudinal Study on Ageing (TILDA), first as a post-doctoral researcher and then as a research fellow. Between 2014 and 2016, she was funded by an HRB's Interdisciplinary Capacity Enhancement (ICE) award aimed at investigating issues relating to labour market and financial outcomes and mental health. Within TILDA, Irene also coordinates the economics domain, chairs the socioeconomic research group and inputs into the development and piloting of the survey questionnaire. Irene has established a strong record of research and published articles in international peer-reviewed journals, including the Journal of Population Economics, the Journal of Economic Psychology, Economics Letters, Economics and Human Biology and the International Journal of Public Health. Irene's research has covered a wide range of topics, including: (return) migration and mental health; retirement and mental/cognitive health; obesity and employment; personality and wealth accumulation within couples; lack of knowledge of future pension benefits; socioeconomic gradient in self-reported and objective health measures; hypertension prevalence in Ireland and the US.

Publications and Further Research Outputs

Peer-Reviewed Publications

Schinkel-Ivy, A., Mosca, I. & Mansfield A., Factors Contributing to Unexpected Retirement and Unemployment in Adults Over 50 Years Old in Ireland, Gerontology and Geriatric Medicine, 2017 Journal Article, 2017

Mosca, I. & McCrory C. , Personality and Wealth Accumulation Among Older Couples: Do Dispositional Characteristics Pay Dividends? , Journal of Economic Psychology, 56, 2016, p1 - 19 Journal Article, 2016

Mosca, I., & McCrory, C. , Personality and Wealth Accumulation Among Older Couples: Do Dispositional Characteristics Pay Dividends? , Journal of Economic Psychology, 56, 2016, p1 - 19 Journal Article, 2016 URL

Mosca, I. & Barrett, A. , The Impact of Adult Child Emigration on the Mental Health of Older Parents., Journal of Population Economics , 2016, p687 - 719 Journal Article, 2016

Mosca, I. & Barrett A. , The Impact of Voluntary and Involuntary Retirement on Mental Health: Evidence from Older Irish Adults, Journal of Mental Health Policy and Economics, 19, (1), 2016, p33 - 44 Journal Article, 2016

Barrett, A., Mosca, I. & Whelan, B. , How Well-Informed are Pension Scheme Members on Their Future Pension Benefits? Evidence from Ireland, Journal of Aging & Social Policy , 2015, pDOI: 10.1080/08959420.2015.104 Journal Article, 2015

Mosca, I. & Kenny, R.A, Investigating Cross-nationals Differences in Prevalence of Diagnosed, Measured and Undiagnosed Hypertension: the Case of Ireland and the US, International Journal of Public Health, , 2014 Journal Article, 2014

Hudson, E., Madden, D. & Mosca, I, A Formal Investigation of Inequalities in Health Behaviours after Age 50 on the Island of Ireland, Economic & Social Review , 2014 Journal Article, 2014

Barrett, Alan; Mosca, Irene, The Psychic Costs of Migration: Evidence from Irish Return Migrants, Journal of Population Economics, 26, (2), 2013, p483 - 506 Journal Article, 2013 TARA - Full Text

Barrett, Alan; Mosca, Irene , Early-life Causes and Later-life Consequences of Migration: Evidence from Older Irish Adults, Journal of Population Ageing, 6, (1-2), 2013, p29 - 45 Journal Article, 2013 DOI

Mosca, I., Ní Bhuachalla, B. & Kenny, R.A. , Explaining Significant Differences in Subjective and Objective Measures of Cardiovascular Health: Evidence for the Socioeconomic Gradient in a Population-based Study. , BMC Cardiovascular Disorders, 13, (64), 2013 Journal Article, 2013

Mosca, I., . Body Mass Index, Waist Circumference and Employment: Evidence from Older Irish Adults, Economics and Human Biology, 11, (4), 2013, p522 - 533 Journal Article, 2013

Alan Barrett; Irene Mosca, Increasing the State Pension Age, the Recession and Expected Retirement Ages, Economic and Social Review, 44, (4), 2013, p447 - 472 Journal Article, 2013 URL TARA - Full Text

Alan Barrett, Social Isolation, Loneliness and Return Migration: Evidence from Older Irish Adults, Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, 39, (10), 2013, p1659 - 1677 Journal Article, 2013 DOI

Barrett, A. & Mosca, I. , The Psychic Costs of Migration: Evidence from Irish Return Migrants, 2011 Working Paper, 2011

Mosca, I. & Wright R.E., Height and Cognition at Older Ages: Irish Evidence, Economics Letters, 149, p98 - 101 Journal Article,

Non-Peer-Reviewed Publications

Mosca, I. & Barrett, A. , A New Look at the Recession and Ireland's Older People: The Emigration of Adult Children and the Mental Health of their Parents., 2014 Book, 2014

The Economic Well-Being of Over 50s and their Children in, Anne Nolan, Claire O'Regan, Cara Dooley et al. , The Over 50s in a Changing Ireland: Economic Circumstances, Health and Well-Being,, Trinity College Dublin, 2014, [Hudson, E., Mosca, I. & O'Sullivan, V. ] Book Chapter, 2014

Mosca, Irene, Obesity and Employment in Ireland: Moving Beyond BMI, 2012 Working Paper, 2012 TARA - Full Text URL

Alan Barrett, George Savva, Virpi Timonen and Rose Anne Kenny (eds), Fifty plus in Ireland 2011: First results from The Irish Longitudinal Study on Ageing (TILDA), Dublin, Trinity College Dublin, May, 2011 Report, 2011 TARA - Full Text

Research Expertise


My research interests lie in the fields of labour and health economics, with a particular focus on ageing



Economic and Social Research Institute, Dublin, Ireland 2011 – present