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. 


Niall Farrell

I am an environmental and energy economist. I am from Longford originally and am currently based at the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research, just outside Berlin.


I've worked as a researcher at 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.


John FitzGerald

John FitzGerald is a former Research Professor at the Economic and Social Research Institute (ESRI) and is currently an adjunct Research Professor at Trinity College Dublin. He is an expert on the Irish macroeconomy, energy economics and also takes an interest in economic history. With colleagues, John developed the HERMES macroeconomic model of the Irish economy. This model formed the basis of economic forecasting and decision-making in Ireland from the late 70's until the mid 2010's, when it was replaced by the COSMO model.


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

Edgar Morgenroth

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 effects of a no-deal Brexit is available here

Liam Delaney

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.

Muireann Lynch

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.

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. 

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