Economics at NUI Galway provides a flourishing and diverse academic environment which integrates teaching and research, theory and empirical applications, in a policy-oriented and interdisciplinary way. There are approximately 1,800 undergraduate students of economics across several colleges, but mainly in the College of Business, Public Policy, and Law and in the College of Arts, Celtic Studies, and Social Sciences.


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Fri 30th Jan 2015 2.00 PM CA111 Lecture Hall 1
Economics seminar Incumbency Advantage in a Proportional Electoral System: A Regression Discontinuity Analysis of Irish Elections
Paul Redmond NUI Maynooth

Wed 4th Feb 2015 1.00 PM CA117 (MBA Room)
'Brown bag' seminar TBA
Gillian Salerno NUI Galway

Wed 11th Feb 2015 1.00 PM CA117 (MBA Room)
'Brown bag' seminar Pension Scheme Defaults: Questionable Foundations and Unconsidered Outcomes
Maureen Maloney NUI Galway

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Vacancy for Research Assistant in Health Economics

Vacancy for Research Assistant in Health Economics-image

Friday, 16 January 2015

Research Assistant in Health Economics  We have been asked to prepare a cost of illness study for a particular illness in Ireland.  The objectives of the study are Estimate the full direct costs of the illness for the Irish health care system, including the cost of diagnosis, treatment and the associated complications.  Direct costs will include any screening or testing treatment and management, including primary care, secondary care, drugs, etc., as well as any complications Estimate the societal costs of the illness in Ireland in relation to the loss of productivity as a result of increased mortality and morbidity associated with the illness as well as any costs associated with carers. The work will include Literature search and review; Identification and assessment of the available data sources; Model the costs including estimates of future cost burden.  The project will take 12 weeks and the gross pay will be €450 per week.  If you are interested please email a CV to Brendan Kennelly ( by 5 p.m. on Monday, January 19th. Interviews will be held at NUI Galway on January 23rd.

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Economics timetables for Semester II

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Thursday, 8 January 2015

Timetables for Semester II 2014/15 i.e., beginning 12th January 2015, are now online: View timetables Note that in particular, the 3BA1 (Economics) timetables  have been revised from versions made available last September, and that these changes carry through to 4BA1 etc. However, there are no changes to earlier versions of the timetables for 1BA1 (Economics) and 2BA1 (Economics). There have also been some revisions to timetables for  taught postgrad programmes, i.e. for: M.Econ.Sc. Economic Policy Evaluation & Planning - Year 2 (part-time) M.Sc. Health Economics - Year 1 (part-time) M.Sc. Health Economics (full-time) M.Econ.Sc. Natural Resource Economics & Policy M.Econ.Sc. International Finance H.Dip.Econ.Sc. Stream A H.Dip.Econ.Sc. Stream B For details, see: Timetables and other current student information. Enquiries to

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New book: "The Economics of Disability - Insights from Irish Research"

New book:

Wednesday, 26 November 2014

A new book,  "The Economics of Disability - Insights from Irish Research", co-edited by Dr. John Cullinan of Economics at NUI Galway, and published by Manchester University Press, brings together research relating to the economics of disability in Ireland. It addresses a range of issues of relevance to the economic circumstances of people with disabilities, considering topics such as social inclusion, poverty, the labour market, living standards and public policy. It also considers issues of specific relevance to children, working-age adults and older people with disabilities, providing important evidence that can help improve disability policies, services and supports. Each chapter presents a clear and relatively non-technical treatment of the specific topic under consideration, making it accessible to a greater number of interested readers. In doing so, it provides an important addition to our knowledge and understanding of the economics of disability and will serve as a useful and up-to-date resource for a range of interested parties both in Ireland and internationally.  More details here

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Pricing healthcare conference at NUI Galway

Pricing healthcare conference at NUI Galway-image

Wednesday, 26 November 2014

The Health Economics and Policy Analysis research group at NUI Galway organised a very successful conference on ‘Pricing Healthcare: The role of health economics evaluation in the emerging healthcare landscape in Ireland’ in the Aula Maxima on November 4, 2014. In any healthcare system dominated by public expenditure a critical question arises as to what healthcare should be provided. There are a host of competing demands across disease areas, across care levels, across population groups and across social classes. All of them have strong arguments that the particular intervention that they advocate should be funded. But resources are limited so the question arises as to how should a society decide on which particular elements of healthcare should be prioritized? This was the key question addressed at the conference which was jointly organised with Novartis one of the world’s leading pharmaceutical companies. The conference featured presentations from leading health economists in the UK and Ireland as well as contributions from the main stakeholders in the healthcare sector such as the pharmaceutical industry, clinicians, and private health insurance companies. The conference was also addressed by representatives from the key decision making agencies in Ireland in this area such as the Health Information and Quality Authority (HIQA) and the National Centre for Pharmaeconomics (NCPE). The Health Economics and Policy Analysis research group, which comprises about twenty academics, researchers and PhD students, conducts a wide range of research and has particular expertise in disease areas such as dementia, cancer, diabetes, stroke and mental health. The group works closely with clinical researchers in the School of Medicine at NUI Galway and elsewhere and with leading health economists around the world. For more information about the conference please contact Brendan Kennelly at Health Economics and Policy Analysis Group  

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Economics at NUI Galway has a key role in major new SFI research centre

Economics at NUI Galway has a key role in major new SFI research centre -image

Wednesday, 29 October 2014

Professor Ciaran O’Neill and Paddy Gillespie of Economics at NUI Galway will play a key role in the development of a new Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) research centre at NUI Galway. The Centre for Research in Medical Devices (CÚRAM) at NUI Galway is of one of five major new national research centres that will be established by a major investment by the Government in scientific research that is closely aligned to industry and enterprise needs, job opportunities and societal goals. A total of €155 million of Irish exchequer funding will be invested in the new world class research centres of scale. The new funding will be delivered through SFI’s Research Centres Programme coupled with over €90 million in contributions from industry partners. The prime objective for CÚRAM, which will be developed under the leadership of Lead Principal Investigator Professor Abhay Pandit and Co-Principal Investigators Professor Tim O’Brien, Professor David Brayden and Professor Lokesh Joshi, will be to improve health outcomes for patients by developing innovative implantable medical devices to treat major unmet medical needs. Professor Ciaran O’Neill and Paddy Gillespie of Economics at NUI Galway will lead the health economic component of the centre’s research output. In particular, the health economic analysis will: “Develop and apply valid cost effectiveness models for emerging medical devices in the Irish healthcare sector and internationally”. To this end, in the near future the Health Economics and Policy Analysis group at NUI Galway will be seeking to hire a postdoctoral researcher in the area of economic evaluation of medical device technology. Read more about: The Heallth Economics and Policy Analysis group at NUI Galway NUI Galway's participation in €245m investment in new  SFI research centres

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European Commission highlight work by SEMRU

European Commission highlight work by SEMRU-image

Monday, 20 October 2014

The work of researchers in SEMRU (the Socio-Economic Marine Research Unit) at NUI Galway has been highlighted in the latest (October 2014) issue of Science for Environment Policy, published by the European Commission’s Directorate-General Environment. This regular publication provides a comprehensive look at the latest science policy topics, and is designed to “help policymakers keep up-to-date with the latest environmental research findings needed to design, implement and regulate effective policies”. The summary report on the SEMRU research can be downloaded here.    

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Report on the economics of stroke rehabilitation services in Ireland

Report on the economics of stroke rehabilitation services in Ireland-image

Monday, 13 October 2014

Dr. Paddy Gillespie of Economics at NUI Galway, in collaboration with researchers at the Economic and Social Research Institute, Irish Heart Foundation, King College London, and Royal College of Surgeons of Ireland, have published a report which examines the cost and cost effectiveness of early supported discharge (ESD) for stroke rehabilitation in Ireland.  ESD is an intensive approach to rehabilitation in the community used internationally but not generally available in Ireland. The research found that 54% of stroke survivors in Ireland – more than 3,000 people a year – could benefit from ESD programmes that would reduce hospital bed days by 24,000, resulting in annual net savings of from €2 to €7 million, while improving outcomes for patients. According to the new report titled Towards Earlier Discharge, Better Outcomes, Lower Cost: Stroke Rehabilitation in Ireland, implementing Early Supported Discharge would require a substantial increase in the resourcing of community therapists (physiotherapists, occupational therapists, and speech and language therapists), community nurses and other community care above current levels in Ireland. However, savings from the reduced cost of acute bed days could fund this increase in resourcing. The research found that there is currently poor resourcing of and wide regional variation in community and inpatient rehabilitation for stroke survivors in Ireland. For more, see: ESRI news release on this report View publication details (and link to download) at ESRI Health Economics and Policy Group at NUI Galway

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Pioneering study of dementia therapy at NUI Galway

Pioneering study of dementia therapy at NUI Galway-image

Wednesday, 1 October 2014

A pioneering trial run jointly by the Irish Centre for Social Gerontology led by Professor Eamon O’Shea at the the Irish Centre for Social Gerontology (ICSG) and Economics at NUI Galway, and the School of Nursing and Midwifery at NUI Galway headed by Professor Kathy Murphy entitled "DementiA education programme incorporating REminiscence for Staff (DARES)" has highlighted the potential of talking and remembering earlier times as a means of therapy for people with dementia, based on a study of three hundred people with dementia carried out over a period of three years. It is estimated that there are 50,000 people with dementia in Ireland today with an additional 4,000 new cases every year, which will increase from now on as people are living longer. Dementia is the term used to describe a group of symptoms such as memory loss, language difficulties, confusion and disorientation which affect some people, usually in older age. It is not always clear why some people get dementia and others do not, nor can it be easily predicted, although there may be a genetic component and lifestyle is an influence on some types of dementia. Dementia is an expensive condition for families and the State. The annual financial burden of the disease has been estimated by researchers at NUI Galway to be 1.7 billion euros, with significant burden falling on family carers, who provide most of the care. Whilst much of the treatment of people with dementia to date has been pharmacological, studies have shown that psychosocial interventions can also be beneficial.  Reminiscence is increasingly seen as important in the care and support of people with dementia, given its potential to draw on early memories, which often remain intact for people with dementia, thereby highlighting the person’s preserved abilities rather than any cognitive impairment. Despite being widely used in dementia care, evidence on the effectiveness of reminiscence remains uncertain. The DARES trial involved using reminiscence therapy for people with dementia in long-stay care settings in the West of Ireland. The therapy involved the use of photographs, music, mementos and memorabilia to people with dementia to encourage them to talk about their earlier life. The intervention was a structured education reminiscence-based programme for care staff, who subsequently engaged in individualised reminiscence with long-stay residents under their care. The primary research question focused on the impact of reminiscence therapy on the self-reported quality of life of residents with a diagnosis of dementia. The results showed that reminiscence therapy has a positive effect on people with dementia in long term residential care.  Reminiscence can also improve the quality of the care and support that people with dementia receive as new relationships and connections are formed with staff, who are now more aware of the identity and  personhood of  the person for whom they care.   Find out more: Irish Centre for Social Gerontology School of Nursing & Midwifery      

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SEMRU joins major EU programme for regional development

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Tuesday, 30 September 2014

SEMRU, the Socio-Economic Marine Research Unit at NUI Galway, has joined a number of partners in a major new EU funding programme. SEMRU joins the University of Portsmouth, UK, Technopôle Brest-Iroise, France and the BC3 Basque Centre for Climate Change, Spain as the focal points for a new EU funded Assistance Mechanism for the Atlantic Action Plan (AAP). The AAP has identified four focus areas for research and investment to tackle common challenges. These are: Promote entrepreneurship and innovation. Protect, secure and develop the potential of the Atlantic marine and coastal environment. Improve accessibility and connectivity. Create a socially inclusive and sustainable model of regional development. While addressing these challenges, an important operational objective for the AAP is to avoid overlaps with individual countries’ policies and plans concerning the development of their marine and maritime economies. Hence, the AAP is required to enhance and work effectively alongside existing policy frameworks that are active in the AAP territories. The Assistance Mechanism for the AAP is tasked with communicating and implementing these objectives of the AAP. The project will run until April 2016. The team members of SEMRU at NUI Galway involved in the project are: Dr. Stephen Hynes  and Dr. Amaya Vega. See more: SEMRU Socio-Economic Marine Research Unit at NUI Galway  

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