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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Rethinking how we address the costs of disability

Rethinking how we address the costs of disability-image

Friday, 26 September 2014

Dr. John Cullinan of Economics at NUI Galway recently delivered a paper at an Inclusion Ireland conference on the economic cost of disability.  His research shows that the economic cost of disability in Ireland is large and has a significantly negative impact on the living standards of the disabled and their families.  It suggests that current policy in Ireland does not go far enough in addressing the impact of these extra costs and that it is time to think again about the introduction of a cost of disability payment for those most adversely impacted by such costs. See media coverage of this event (Irish Examiner story)  

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SEMRU symposium on marine socio-economics in Galway

SEMRU symposium on marine socio-economics in Galway-image

Thursday, 25 September 2014

On Tuesday October 21st 2014, the Socio-Economic Marine Research Unit (SEMRU), NUI Galway will hold its 5th annual research symposium in Galway. The symposium is an opportunity for researchers and policy-makers in marine socio-economics to get together to meet and discuss on-going research. The day is divided up into four sessions, and will cover topics such as valuing the ocean and coastal economies, maritime transport, fisheries and ocean energy, marine spatial planning ... and more! The symposium will include presentations by researchers involved in the Beaufort Award across the sessions of the day. A programme is available here There will also be a Marnet project session where the practical uses of marine socio-economic data collected across the Atlantic Arc EU member States will be presented. Marnet is a marine socio economic transnational EU INTERREG project which is supported by the EU Atlantic Area Interreg Programme. For more information on the Marnet project, see http://www.marnetproject.eu The Beaufort Award is carried out under the Sea Change Strategy and the Strategy for Science Technology and Innovation (2006-2013), with the support of the Marine Institute, funded under the Marine Research Sub-Programme of the National Development Plan 2007–2013. This is a free event and all are welcome. Please register hereby Friday 17th October 2014.  For more information, please contact rebecca.corless@nuigalway.ie See more: SEMRU at NUI Galway Conference programme    

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ISNE (Irish Society of New Economists) conference at NUI Galway

ISNE (Irish Society of New Economists) conference at NUI Galway-image

Tuesday, 19 August 2014

The J.E. Cairnes School of Business and Economics, National University of Ireland, Galway is delighted to host the 11th Irish Society of New Economists Conference from the 4th to 5th of September, 2014. The Irish Society for New Economists was formed to encourage research, information and social links among early career economists in Ireland and Europe. The conference will feature more than 74 economists from 33 universities and research organizations throughout Ireland, the UK, continental Europe and the United States presenting their research. The topics covered will range from banking, financial markets, and economic growth to health economics, education, employment, crime and energy and marine economics. The research findings will be of considerable importance to assist in addressing public policy issues such as enhancing future regional growth, inequality, unemployment, energy systems and obesity related policy issues. Full details of the conference programme are available on our conference website link included below. The conference will be opened by Professor Alan Ahearne, Head of Economics, NUI Galway “We are delighted to host the 11th Irish Society of New Economists Conference in Galway this year and look forward to hearing about the exciting research results of so many outstanding new economists from all around the world.” There will be two distinguished keynote speakers: Professor Ciaran O’Neill (NUI Galway) and Professor John FitzGerald (ESRI). A unique feature of the conference consists of a networking session between some of the sponsors and the presenters. The Local Organizing Committee of this year’s conference in NUI Galway are Michelle Queally, Aine Roddy, Patricia Carney and Aoife Callan. The conference is sponsored by the IDA, National Treasury Management Agency, McNamara Economic Research, SSIS, Hays Recruitment, Teagasc, Department of Economics at NUI Galway, Whitaker Research Institute at NUI Galway, the J.E. Cairnes School of Business and Economics at NUI Galway, the Irish Economic Association, Bluebird Care, AbbiVie, Irish Government Economic and Evaluation Service, Allergan, PMCA Economic Consulting. Visit the ISNE 2014 conference website  

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"The Big Rethink for Europe"

Wednesday, 16 July 2014

Professor Alan Ahearne, Head of Economics, recently spoke at The Economist’s 18th Roundtable with the Government of Greece, “The Big Rethink for Europe,” in Athens. Prof. Ahearne shared a panel with Enrico Letta, Former Prime Minister of Italy, and Daniel Franklin, Executive Editor, The Economist (pictured). The discussion centred on the need for EU leaders to implement their strategy for closer economic and political integration in order to restore confidence and stability.  

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Project to value Atlantic marine economy commended

Project to value Atlantic marine economy commended-image

Monday, 23 June 2014

Portugal's Secretary of State for the Sea has commended NUI Galway and the BMW Regional Assembly for their efforts in leading the EU INTERREG ‘Marnet’ project. Marnet (Marine Atlantic Regions Network) is a transnational co-operation project which brings together Marine Research Institutes and Regional Authorities across Atlantic regions to map the value of the marine economy to coastal regions in Spain, Portugal, France, Ireland and the UK.  Delivering his keynote address at the Marnet conference at the Forum Do Mar International Marine event in Oporto this week, Mr. Manuel Pinto de Abreu welcomed the development of a Marnet Atlas of Marine Indicators which will allow local and  regional authorities, Higher Education Institutes and marine industry players compare the value of marine activities to the local economies of Atlantic Regions. Launching the Marnet Atlas of Indicators, the Minister congratulated the project partners for their efforts over the past two years in creating this interactive tool which will help measure economic activities such as maritime shipping, seafood processing and marine tourism across the Atlantic economy. Dr Stephen Hynes, Head of the Socio Economic Marine Research Unit at NUI Galway stated that ‘Marnet is a unique attempt to value the Atlantic Marine economy at an EU level. National reports have measured the impact of the Marine Economy at country level. However Marnet, will, for the first time, make available marine socio economic data at an EU Atlantic level which will help the key stakeholders in the Marine sector make informed decisions about future investments in the sector’  BMW Regional Assembly Director, Gerry Finn added that:  ‘ At an EU level, the European Commission has published the Atlantic Maritime Strategy Action Plan which sets out four key priorities for investment in the Marine sector across Atlantic regions of the EU. Marnet will provide the measurement framework to gauge the progress of these priorities and help maximise the benefit to coastal areas of European Regional Funds.’  The Socio Economic Marine Research Unit (SEMRU) is the scientific leader for the project and has played an active part in the development of the indicator framework. The BMW Regional Assembly is the Lead Partner/ Co-ordinator for the Marnet project.    Further Information, please contact:  Mr. Gerry Finn, Director, BMW Regional Assembly. Phone: 094-9862970 Dr. Stephen Hynes, SEMRU, NUI Galway. Phone: 091-493105  The Socio Economic Marine Research Unit (SEMRU) is the scientific leader for the project and has played an active part in the development of the indicator framework. The BMW Regional Assembly is the Lead Partner/ Co-ordinator for the Marnet project.    Find out more: Marnet Socio Economic Marine Ressearch Unit (SEMRU) at NUI Galway  

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New report by Prof Alan Ahearne on restructuring hotel debt

New report by Prof Alan Ahearne on restructuring hotel debt-image

Tuesday, 17 June 2014

Ireland’s hotel sector continues to face challenges arising from unsustainable levels of overhanging debt according to a new report by Professor Alan Ahearne, of Economics at NUI Galway Speaking at a major investment conference hosted recently by the Irish Hotels Federation (IHF), Prof Ahearne said that, despite substantial progress being made over the last two years, indebtedness remains a pressing issue for many hotels outside large urban areas such as Dublin. With total hotel debt estimated at €5.3bn (down from €6.7bn at the end of 2011), Prof Ahearne’s report reveals that a further reduction of €1.4 billion is required to bring hotel debt to a sustainable level. This would return hotels to a financial position where they could operate on a long-term sustainable basis and commit to investment in ongoing maintenance, refurbishment, renovation and innovation - and thereby grow employment. Prof Ahearne’s states that part of the solution should involve making funds in the recently announced Ireland Strategic Investment Fund available for investment in hotels that are viable but undercapitalised. Download the report (via the Irish Hotels Federation)

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Award for health awareness app

Award for health awareness app-image

Friday, 6 June 2014

A team which included NUI Galway health economist Dr. Aoife Callan, recently won the ‘Best Project in General Practice’ category in the 2014 Crystal Clear MSD Health Literacy Awards 2014. The "SIMPLe" Team designed and developed an iPad App called 'Bug Run School Days' for GP surgeries to create awareness about the issue of antibiotic resistance. Prof Eamon O’ Shea (Economics) and Dr. Christine Domegan (Marketing) were also part of the wider advisory group on the SIMPle project which informed the development of Bug Run School days. Read more: Press release Bug Run School Days The link to the game can be found here        

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Health Economics and Policy Analysis Research Bulletin Series Launched

Health Economics and Policy Analysis Research Bulletin Series Launched-image

Thursday, 22 May 2014

The Health Economics and Policy Analysis (HEPA) Research Bulletin Series has officially been launched at NUI Galway. The series seeks to present the group's academic output accessiblly to a wider audience.  The series begins with five bulletins which are available to download from the HEPA site, with more bulletins to follow in the coming weeks. Find out more: HEPA Research Bulletin Series

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Economics of cancer research group webinar

Economics of cancer research group webinar-image

Wednesday, 14 May 2014

The Economics of Cancer Research Group at NUI Galway will be broadcasting a free online Webinar today (Wednesday 14th May 2013) at 3.00pm in the SAC Meeting RoomDr Otis Brawley, Chief Medical Officer of the American Cancer Society, Professor of Hematology, Oncology, Medicine and Epidemiology at Emery University, and medical consultant for CNN, will speak on a number of topics related to cancer research including the economic burden of cancer in the US, disparities in health and the future of cancer research. Dr Brawley has published over 100 academic papers and is the author of the highly acclaimed book, "How we do harm: A doctor breaks ranks about being sick in America".  Find out more: Economics of Cancer Research Group 2014-05-Otis W. Brawley Paper

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Prof Ciaran O'Neill appointed to New Zealand National Science Challenge panels

Prof Ciaran O'Neill appointed to New Zealand National Science Challenge panels-image

Thursday, 8 May 2014

Professor Ciaran O'Neill of Economics at NUI Galway has been appointed to two independent assessment panels for the New Zealand National Science Challenges. These have been established to assist the New Zealand government take a more strategic approach to public investment in research by inviting research proposals in a range of themed areas that are then evaluated by independent  panels of international experts. The funds comprise $73.5 million over four years.      More:   New Zealand National Science Challenge Ministry of Business Innovation & Employment New Zealand

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SEMRU at Hardiman Building opening

SEMRU at Hardiman Building opening-image

Friday, 2 May 2014

At the opening of the University's new Hardiman Research Building on 1st May 2014, Dr. Stephen Hynes of Economics at NUI Galway had an opportunity to explain to Minister for Education and Skills, Ruairí Quinn TD how the work of the Socio-Economic Marine Research Unit (SEMRU) at NUI Galway has fed into government policy in relation to marine economic development.   Find out more: SEMRU More about opening of the Hardiman Building

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Alan Ahearne in the Irish Times: More homes in right places needed to prevent bubble

Alan Ahearne in the Irish Times: More homes in right places needed to prevent bubble-image

Wednesday, 30 April 2014

In an article in the Irish Times of 26th April 2014, Dr Alan Ahearne, Head of Economics at NUI Galway, writes that the Government's forthcoming strategy document for the construction sector must convince people that there is a plan to ramp up supply of housing in the right places. Otherwise, he writes, there is a danger that recent rapid increases in house prices in parts of the country will become embedded in expectations for future prices. View full article here.

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Using Geographic Information Systems (GIS) for Public Policy

Using Geographic Information Systems (GIS) for Public Policy-image

Tuesday, 29 April 2014

Dr John Cullinan of Economics at NUI Galway will deliver a workshop on 'Using Geographic Information Systems (GIS) for Public Policy at NUI Galway on 29th April, 2014.  The workshop will provide an overview of Geographic Information Systems with a specific focus on how GIS can usefully be used for public policy research, inter-disciplinary and collaborative research, as well as for funding applications. It will discuss what exactly a GIS is, what data is required to usefully conduct GIS analysis, what types of analyses a GIS can be used for, as well as the sorts of questions it can help answer. A range of illustrative examples of GIS-based research in the area of public policy will be outlined, including applications relating to higher education accessibility, regional economic development, access to health services, market access, health gradients, food environments, location of public services, etc. In all cases the focus is on how GIS can be used to better inform policy decisions. The seminar will conclude with an overview of the GIS resources available at NUI Galway, including software, hardware, data, courses, training and supports. View full details here Slides available here

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The 11th Irish Society of New Economists (ISNE) Conference

The 11th Irish Society of New Economists (ISNE) Conference-image

Tuesday, 29 April 2014

The  J.E. Cairnes School of Business and Economics at the National University of Ireland, Galway, is delighted to host the 11th Irish Society of New Economists (ISNE) Conference from the 4th to 5th September, 2014. The ISNE was formed to encourage research, information and social links among new economists in Ireland and Europe.  The annual conference is intended for advanced Masters, PhD level students, and young professionals in the early stages of research.  Eligibility to present has nothing to do with age and people working in economics-related research areas are encouraged to submit. The 2014 ISNE meeting will feature the work and findings of scholars in economics, finance and related fields, and will provide an excellent opportunity for new researchers to present their findings and work in progress.  Additional, a social event will be organised.  There will be two keynote speech sessions featuring distinguished academics, Professor Ciaran O'Neill (NUIG) and Professor John Fitzgerald (ESRI). The deadline for submissions is 30th May, 2014. For further details are available at:  http://www.conference.ie/Conferences/index.asp?Conference=363 Organising Committee: Michelle Queally - email:  m.queally1@nuigalway.ie Aine Roddy - email: a.roddy1@nuigalway.ie Patricia Carney - email: p.carney4@nuigalway.ie Aoife Callan - email: aoife.callan@nuigalway.ie        

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Workshop on data visualization and analysis

Workshop on data visualization and analysis-image

Friday, 11 April 2014

NUI Galway will host an interdisciplinary workshop "Ways of Seeing" on data visualization and analysis on 23rd April 2014, with a central involvement from staff and students in Economics at NUI Galway. The public policy analysis of complex social issues in the context of interconnected globalized world requires a multidimensional approach. Such an approach requires the ability to look beyond the borders of respective disciplines of knowledge and explore possible ways of seeing the issue at hand before defining the research problem. This workshop aims to provide a platform for cross fertilization of ideas from across the sciences to researchers in social sciences, and other related disciplines, with an interest in contributing to public policy. The organizers of the Workshop are:  Dr. Srinivas Raghavendra (Economics NUI Galway) and Professor Peter Richmond (TCD) and it is hosted by the Social Sciences Computing Hub, at the Whitaker Institute, NUI Galway. Here's the workshop schedule: Ways of Seeing Workshop April 2014 Schedule  

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CFA Challenge win for NUI Galway economics students

CFA Challenge win for NUI Galway economics students-image

Monday, 24 March 2014

A team of five Masters in International Finance students from NUI Galway has won the Chartered Financial Analysts Ireland 2014 Research Challenge. The Research Challenge is an annual global competition that provides university students with hands-on mentoring and intensive training in financial analysis. Students gain real-world experience as they assume the role of a research analyst and are tested on their ability to value a stock, write an initiation-of-coverage report, and present their recommendations to a panel of leading financial services professionals. Speaking after their win, the team said that they had taken a very positive view of Ryanair plc. Anthony Patrick Saoud said their analyses suggested a potential share price of some €9.05 a share – an upside of 24% on the current share price. The team also indicated that they believed that Ryanair had secured an “incredibly strong” competitive position in the airline market in Europe and that current changes in the positioning of the company would lead to income growth from new charges. The President of the CFA Society Ireland, Ronan McCabe paid tribute to all the teams which took part in the exercise; “NUI Galway really had to earn their win this year as the overall standard of all the teams competing was exceptionally high.” Mr. McCabe thanked Ryanair for its willing participation in the competition as the company under review and Davy Stockbrokers who sponsored the competition. The winning team will now go on to compete in the European Middle East Africa (EMEA) Finals of the competition in Milan in early April. In addition to NUI Galway, teams from Trinity, UCD, UCC, Dublin City University, and Queens University Belfast took part in the Irish leg of the competition.   The Masters in International Finance at NUI Galway

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Economics at NUI Galway Open Day April 2014

Economics at NUI Galway Open Day April 2014-image

Friday, 21 March 2014

NUI Galway's April Open Day is the perfect opportunity for you  to experience life at NUI Galway first hand. Come and talk to our students and staff, explore the campus, check out the facilities – including our Sports Centre – and decide for yourself whether NUI Galway feels right for you. Meet staff and students from Economics at NUI Galway at our stand in the Bailey Allen Hall, Áras na Mac Léinn, which is the University's student centre, and find out more about courses you are interested in. We look forward to seeing you here! This Open Day is on Saturday 5th April, 10am to 3pm Find out more: NUI Galway Open Days Open Day April 2014 Programme  

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Economics seminar: paper by Lars Osberg on inequality

Economics seminar: paper by Lars Osberg on inequality-image

Friday, 14 March 2014

Economics at NUI Galway was delighted to welcome Prof Lars Osberg to our weekly seminar series in March 2014: details are below, including a version of his paper which you can download.   Seminar title: "What's so bad about more inequality?"   Lars Osberg Dalhousie University, Nova Scotia, Canada   (Seminar held at Friday 14th March 2014, 2.00 PM CA111 Lecture Hall 1)    Osborg Paper  

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Marine economics students at NUI Galway take to the waves

Marine economics students at NUI Galway take to the waves-image

Thursday, 6 March 2014

Students from the M.Econ.Sc. (Natural Resource Economics and Policy)  programme at NUI Galway experienced two days afloat as part of their Marine Economics & Policy module in March 2014. Marine science met the world of marine economics when students took part in a two-day excursion on the national research vessel the Celtic Voyager. Students learned how the scientists collect data related to fish populations, seabed habitats, information on health of the marine ecosystem and how to pursue an environmental impact assessment. The students were accompanied by staff members from both Economics and from SEMRU, Dr. Stephen Hynes, Dr. Mike Fitzpatrick and Suzy van Osch. Find out more: M.Econ.Sc. (Natural Resource Economics and Policy)

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Seminar on public healthcare eligibility and utilisation of GP services by older people in Ireland

Seminar on public healthcare eligibility and utilisation of GP services by older people in Ireland-image

Friday, 28 February 2014

Dr. Anne Nolan presented a seminar at NUI Galway on February 28th titled: Public Healthcare Eligibility and the Utilisation of GP Services by Older People in Ireland Dr. Nolan is the Research Director of The Irish Longitudinal Study on Aging (TILDA). She joined TILDA in September 2013 on secondment from the Economic and Social Research Institute. Her main research interest is health economics, with a particular focus on healthcare financing and access, socio-economic inequalities in health, and Irish health policy. She has published numerousarticles on these topics in journals such as Social Science and Medicine, Economic and Social Review, Health Economics, Policy and Law, and Health Economics.   Health Economics and Policy Analysis group at NUI Galway: www.nuigalway.ie/health-economics

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Economics of obesity conference

Economics of obesity conference-image

Friday, 17 January 2014

The Health Economics and Policy Analysis group at NUI Galway hosted a one day conference on the Economics of Obesity on January 17th 2014.   View morning session View afternoon session More details on the conference programme

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EU Marine Economy Project launched in NUI Galway

EU Marine Economy Project launched in NUI Galway-image

Friday, 13 July 2012

The BMW Regional Assembly together with the Socio Economic Marine Research Unit (SEMRU) at NUI Galway hosted the inaugural meeting of the MARNET project at the J.E. Cairnes School of Business & Economics, NUI Galway on July 11th and 12th 2012. MARNET (Marine Atlantic Regions Network) is a 2.5 year collaborative transnational project involving maritime regions from the Basque country of Spain, Brittany in France, Stirling in Scotland, Porto in Portugal as well as the Border Midland and West region of Ireland. The BMW Regional Assembly is lead partner of the MARNET project which will map the value of the Atlantic marine economy through the development of reliable and comparable socio economic data. The €1.3m project involves the participation of marine researchers as well as Regional Authorities across the Atlantic Area. In Ireland the expertise of the Marine Socio Economic Unit at NUI Galway will be crucial in developing a framework from which new added value activities within the marine sector can be developed to add to the 17,000 jobs already supported by marine related activities in Ireland. MARNET will also complement the integrated plan for the Marine Economy launched in February 2012 by Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Mr. Simon Coveney, TD. The Plan aims to grow the marine sector and move from generating only 1.2% of GDP from this vast and diverse marine resource, which covers an area 10 times the size of Ireland’s land mass. Local Authorities with marine interests will benefit from the MARNET project through the development of practical initiatives aimed at growing the marine sector at a local level. The Project is part funded by the ERDF through the EU Interreg Atlantic Area Programme 2007-2013.

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Fulbright Scholarship for Dr Stephen Hynes

Fulbright Scholarship for Dr Stephen Hynes-image

Monday, 2 July 2012

Chair of the Fulbright Commission in Ireland, Una Halligan, congratulates Dr. Stephen Hynes of the J.E. Cairnes School of Business and Economics on being awarded a 2012/2013 Fulbright Scholarship at a ceremony held recently in the Royal Hospital Kilmainham, Dublin. Dr Hynes will undertake research at the Center for the Blue Economy (CBE) in the Monterey Institute of International Studies, California, in the area of marine economics and ecosystem service valuation.

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Irish Centre for Social Gerontology launches new report series

Irish Centre for Social Gerontology launches new report series-image

Friday, 20 July 2012

The 2011 Census shows that more than two out of every five people aged 65 and over lives in a rural community. Surprisingly, relatively little is known about the situation of this important demographic group. The Rural Ageing Observatory at NUI Galway’s Irish Centre for Social Gerontology is seeking to fill some of the gaps in knowledge on rural ageing. This week it launched the first two reports in a series that, in time, will provide vital information about the ageing population in rural Ireland. The first of the short reports focuses on key demographic trends and issues facing rural older people. The second report summarises evidence relating to income, poverty and deprivation of Ireland’s older rural population. Launching the reports, Professor Thomas Scharf, Director of the Irish Centre for Social Gerontology said: “More than 200,000 people over the age of 65 live in rural communities across Ireland. In the autumn, the government will be launching its National Positive Ageing Strategy. It’s important that this is a strategy for older people wherever they live – in rural as well as in urban communities. Greater awareness of the circumstances of rural older people, in particular, is essential if the right policy measures are to be adopted.” Both reports are available online at www.icsg.ie

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Workshop on Discrete Choice Modelling 4th–7th July 2012 and Conference on Applied Microeconometrics

Workshop on Discrete Choice Modelling 4th–7th July 2012 and Conference on Applied Microeconometrics-image

Monday, 25 June 2012

The J.E. Cairnes School of Business & Economics at NUI Galway is delighted to host a three day intensive course on 'Discrete Choice Modelling' that will be taught by Professor William Greene of New York University. The course will take place on July 4th, 5th and 6th 2012. Discrete choice models have become an essential tool for the analysis of individual choice behaviour and can be applied to choice problems in a wide variety of diverse fields including environmental management, urban planning, transportation, energy, telecommunications, and healthcare. This course will present the most recent developments in theory and methods of estimation for discrete choice models. A number of applications from different areas of the professional literature to illustrate these techniques will be discussed. The course will include lectures by Professor Greene each morning. In the afternoon, Professor Greene will guide participants as they do some hands-on analysis using data sets and a familiar computer package. Professor Greene currently holds the Toyota Motor Corp Chair in the Department of Economics, Stern School of Business, New York University where he has taught since 1982. He has also been a visiting professor at several universities including Oxford University, University of York and Sydney University. He is the author of two popular software packages, LIMDEP and NLOGIT, and has written two textbooks, Econometric Analysis (now in its 6th edition) and Applied Choice Analysis. He has published approximately 100 articles in leading journals such as Econometrica, Journal of Econometrics, Review of Economics and Statistics, Journal of Political Economy, and the American Economic Review. The course fee is €350. Places are limited to 50 so early booking is recommended. The fee includes refreshments throughout the course. View more details (including how to register for this workshop).   Conference on Applied Microeconometrics and Public Policy 3rd July 2012   Professor Greene will also be the plenary speaker at a conference on Applied Microeconometrics and Public Policy that will be held in the Westwood House Hotel, Galway on July 3rd. View the conference programme here: Conference Programme 3rd July 2012‌ There is a special conference fee of only €50 for people who are attending the summer school as well as the conference.

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