Podcast contributors

This page features a profile of those who have contributed to the podcast. Links to papers and further information are also provided if you wish to learn more. Some papers are behind paywalls. Authors are usually allowed to share their work via email for non-commercial purposes. If you would like to learn more and cannot access a paper due to a paywall, I'm sure the authors would be happy to share their work via email. 


Niall Farrell

I am an environmental and energy economist. I am from Longford originally and am a Lecturer at the Queen's Management School at Queen's University Belfast. 

I've worked as a researcher at the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research, NUIG, Teagasc, the ESRI and the University of Oxford. My research focuses on designing policy instruments to help renewable energy deployment. I've also done work on estimating the impacts of climate change and climate policy on households, focussing on the differences in impacts between rich and poor households. If this strikes a chord, feel free to get in touch. I'm always happy to talk about cool research ideas!  

Aside from the day job, I spend a lot of commuting time listening to podcasts but get a bit frustrated when we only hear half the story. Hopefully this podcast will help fill in those gaps. I'm still learning so hopefully this will improve as time progresses. I am always looking for ways to improve so feel free to get in touch with any suggestions.


Episode 1: Ireland's recent economic history.

Prof. John FitzGerald (TCD)

Prof. John FitzGerald is an adjunct Research Professor at Trinity College Dublin and a former Research Professor at the Economic and Social Research Institute (ESRI). He is an expert on the Irish Macroeconomy, Energy Economics and also takes an interest in economic history.


John's paper (co-authored with Seán Kenny) on Ireland's divorce bill is available here

John has published extensively on Ireland's macroeconomy, but his 2013 paper discussing the final iteration of the HERMES model provides a succinct overview of the model's development. Co-authored with ESRI colleagues, the paper is available here

Episode 2: Brexit Strategy

Prof. Edgar Morgenroth

Prof. Edgar Morgenroth is full Professor of Economics at DCU Business School and a former Associate Research Professor at the Economic and Social Research Institute. Edgar is a foremost speaker on Brexit and has also carried out research on the Irish macroeconomy. He was involved in developing the COSMO macroeconomic model during his time at the ESRI, a cornerstone of current macroeconomic forecasting in the country. Edgar also takes an interest in spatial economic issues, quantifying the effects of economic change between different Irish regions. 

Edgar's paper quantifying the household-level effects of a no-deal Brexit was co-authored with Martina Lawless and is available here

Episode 3: Why Carbon Taxes?

Dr. Muireann Lynch

Dr. Muireann Lynch is a research officer with the Economic and Social Research Institute. Muireann carries our research in Energy Economics, focussing on the operation of the electricity market. Much of Muireann's work involves the development of mathematical models that seek to understand how electricity generators interact. These models highlight how generators may respond to different regulatory instruments, advising regulators on the most efficient policy design. With colleagues at the ESRI, Muireann has also analysed the impacts of carbon tax reform on Irish households. Muireann's research in this space has analysed various methods of redistributing carbon tax revenues to households, informing current policy debates in Ireland.

During Muireann's episode of the podcast, we discuss her paper analysing the ways to redistribute carbon tax revenue (available here). We also reference research that I have carried out with colleagues assessing risk-reducing renewable energy subsidies (available here and here). We touch on issues relating to the political acceptability of carbon taxes, drawing primarily from Klenert et al. (available here). 


Episode 4: Behavioural Economics and the psychology of decision-making

Prof. Liam Delaney

Prof. Liam Delaney is AIB Professor of Behavioural Economics at the Geary Institute, University College Dublin and formerly of the University of Stirling. Liam is particularly interested in the measurement foundations of behavioural welfare economics and has built several interdisciplinary projects examining how to measure real-world economic preferences. He is currently developing a major new centre for behavioural science and public policy at UCD Geary Institute.

Liam mentions work he has done on the ethics of behavioural science and 'nudging', with a paper on this available here. Liam also mentions Denis Conniffe's paper on Francis Edgeworth, which is available here. To learn more about the research carried out by Liam's team at the Geary institute, click here

Episode 5: Energy Economics

Jacquelyn Pless

Jacquelyn Pless is Assistant Professor at the Sloane School of Management at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), formerly of the University of Oxford. Jacquelyn's research focusses on the Economics of Innovation. Jacquelyn tests the efficiency of various policies of encouraging innovation, their interactions and methods of measuring effectiveness. 


Episode 6: Infrastructure; Public-private partnerships; National Broadband Plan; Eircom

Prof Eoin Reeves

Professor Eoin Reeves is the Head of the Department of Economics and Director of the Privatisation and PPP Research Group.  His research interests lie primarily in the economics of infrastructure and the public-private mix in public service delivery.  This includes issues such as privatisation, liberalisation, and different forms of private sector participation in the delivery of public services.  Eoin has published a number of economic studies of such reforms in edited books and international peer-reviewed journals.  

Dr. Donal Palcic

Dr. Donal Palcic is a Lecturer in Economics. His primary area of research is in public sector economics with a particular focus on infrastructure policy, public enterprises, privatisation and public-private partnerships. 

Donal and Eoin's work includes a synopsis of eircom privatisation (here) an overview and critical review of PPPs in Ireland (here) and a framework for evaluating PPPs more generally (here). 

Podcast theme music

Connor Plunkett helped​ me with the theme music, which is a sample from his track 'Goodbye'. He goes by 'Late Track' on Soundcloud and I would suggest checking out this playlist.

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