Economics

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.

 Academic year 2015/16

 Enquiries to economics@nuigalway.ie


Forthcoming events


Wed 17th Feb 2016 1.00 PM CA117 (MBA Room)
'Brown bag' seminar An Empirical Analysis of Mode and Route Choice for Maritime Freight Transport in Ireland
Amaya Vega NUIG

Thu 18th Feb 2016 2.00 PM CA110 (SAC Room)
Economics seminar A capability based focus for economic evaluation?  Past, present and future research with the ICECAP measures.
Joanna Coast Professor in the Economics of Health & Care, University of Bristol

Wed 24th Feb 2016 1.00 PM CA117 (MBA Room)
'Brown bag' seminar Measuring the effect of insurance status on the utilisation of primary, community and secondary healthcare services amongst older people in Ireland
Padraic ward NUIG

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Key marine sector conference hosted at NUI Galway

Key marine sector conference hosted at NUI Galway-image

Friday, 27 November 2015

The Socio-Economic Marine Research Unit (SEMRU), Whitaker Institute, NUI Galway, and Focal Point Ireland jointly organised the 2nd National Event of the Support Team for the Atlantic Action Plan, in association with the 6th Annual Beaufort Socio-Economic Marine Research Symposium. With over 100 registered delegates, the day provided participants with an update on a wide range of topics related to the marine sector in Ireland and the Atlantic Area, as well as forum for discussing funding opportunities available to Irish stakeholders. There was special on-line address by Commissioner Karmenu Vella (European Commissioner for the Environment, Maritime Affairs and Fisheries) as well as input from DG MARE, the Marine Institute, Failte Ireland and the INTERREG programmes.  The day hosted 2 parallel sessions and showcased current socio-economic marine research and funding opportunities. Sessions focused on the INTERREG Atlantic Area and Ireland Wales programme and facilitated the use of these programmes in implementing the Atlantic Action Plan, Priority 4. Presentations from both the national contact points of these programmes as well as input from stakeholders involved in these programmes created a lively discussion on the opportunities available, how people are looking to avail of these with the ultimate aim of generating potential project ideas to bring forward in the future. A number of project ideas were presented and discussed on a one-to-one basis in a dedicated networking session in the afternoon.  Delegates also had the opportunity to listen to Irish and international researchers in the area of marine socio-economics and discuss on-going research, potential collaboration and future research needs.  Find out more: SEMRU at NUI Galway Whitaker Institute at NUI Galway Focal Point Ireland at NUI Galway

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Frontiers in Healthcare Conference

Frontiers in Healthcare Conference-image

Wednesday, 18 November 2015

  2nd Annual Frontiers in Healthcare Conference The Health Economics and Policy Analysis research group held the 2nd Annual Frontiers in Healthcare Conference in the ILAS Building on November 4. The conference, which was attended by about 100 delegates, focused on the issue of adherence and this topic was addressed by academics from a variety of disciplines including economics, psychology and medicine and healthcare professionals working in both the public and private sector. Brendan Kennelly, who organized the conference with the cooperation of Novartis Ireland, said that it was important to recognize that adherence was not simply a question of adherence to medication. The topic extended to questions such as why people adhere or not to health promoting behaviour and why medical professionals adhere or not to care guidelines. Considerable attention was given to whether new technologies can be used to improve adherence and the ethical considerations that arise from the use of these technologies. This annual conference has already established itself as an important event in Ireland and planning is already underway for the next conference in November 2016.

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NUI Galway student wins Department of Finance Economic Policy Competition 2015

NUI Galway student wins Department of Finance Economic Policy Competition 2015-image

Tuesday, 6 October 2015

On the 24th September, the Minister of Finance, Mr. Michael Noonan TD, presented the Department of Finance's Economic Policy Competition 2015 award to the winner, Fergal Brennan, a final year M.Econ.Sc. International Finance student at NUI Galway.  As the successful candidate, Fergal completed an internship in the Economic Division of the Department of Finance.  Fergal's class-mate, Daniel Cassidy, was one of the runners-up.   Read more about the Department of Finance Economic Policy Competition

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Launch of report on Ireland's ocean economy by SEMRU at NUI Galway

Launch of report on Ireland's ocean economy by SEMRU at NUI Galway-image

Thursday, 16 July 2015

Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and the Marine, Simon Coveney TD has launched the latest report on Ireland’s Ocean Economy, produced by the Socio-Economic Marine Research Unit (SEMRU) at the NUI Galway. The launch took place at the Ocean Wealth Festival in Cork. Pictured with the Minister are Dr. Stephen Hynes and Professor Micheal Cuddy of SEMRU.   Download the full report SEMRU at NUI Galway

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Prestigious Dr Mary L Thornton scholarship awarded to NUI Galway economics PhD student

Prestigious Dr Mary L Thornton scholarship awarded to NUI Galway economics PhD student-image

Thursday, 11 June 2015

Sharon Walsh, a PhD student in economics at NUI Galway and Hardiman Scholar, under the supervision of Dr. John Cullinan, was recently awarded a prestigious scholarship by the National University of Ireland (NUI). The Dr Mary L Thornton Scholarship is awarded annually to support research in the field of education and will be used to fund part of Sharon’s PhD research which will use a discrete choice experiment to examine student preferences for higher education institutions (HEIs) in Ireland. This work will involve surveying 600 students in secondary schools across Ireland in order to examine how students value the attributes of different HEIs in their choice of institution. This is the first such study to be conducted in Ireland and the scholarship will assist greatly in conducting the research.

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Award for marine economics student

Award for marine economics student-image

Thursday, 23 April 2015

Aishling Callaghan receives the Marine Institute Award from Marine Institute Director Caroline Bocquel. The Marine Institute Award, which is worth €1000, is sponsored by the Irish Marine Institute and is awarded to the final year student who attains the highest mark in the final year module Marine Economics at NUI Galway, which is taught by Dr Stephen Hynes.  

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