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 2016/17

  • Timetables (undergraduate, postgraduate and international students)
  • the economics undergraduate handbook (as well as short module descriptions for 2nd and final year modules)

for the new academic year 2016/17 are now available from here.

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Forthcoming events

Thu 10th Nov 2016
Conference 3rd Annual Frontiers in Healthcare Conference

Thu 24th Nov 2016
Conference 7th Annual Marine Economics and Policy Research Symposium

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Wednesday, 9 March 2016

  Money, Uncertainty and the Macroeconomy Workshop Jointly organized by COST Action KNOWeSCAPE and Complex Systems Research Centre (CORE), NUI Galway March 14-16, 2016 The financial meltdown of 2008 in the US stock markets and the subsequent protracted recession in the developed economies have accentuated the need to understand the implication of the dynamic interaction between the modern financial sector and the real economy. The mainstream approach in economics has turned out to be grossly inadequate, both at substantive, methodological levels, in providing an understanding of the current crisis. There is a long-standing tradition in Classical Political Economy, which recognizes the central role of money in production and distribution of income in the economy. The modern proponents of this lineage have been advancing the frontiers by explicitly considering the endogenous nature of money in the context of modern financial sector and its implication for production and distribution of income. At the same time, Physicists, Mathematicians and others have been exploring the dynamics of the modern financial sector and its impact on a systemic level using models from statistical mechanics, ecology/biology and information theory. Their work provides a way to break away from the tradition of viewing the economy as homogenous entity to a network of heterogeneous agents and entities. The question then is how does this new knowledge helps to further our understanding on some of the classical questions such as the role of money in production of commodities and distribution of income? This short workshop seeks to bring together economists and noneconomists working on these questions for a dialogue on the conceptual, methodological, and applied issues related to the role of money in the wider economy. Workshop Programme  

Monday, 7 March 2016

 The NUI Galway  Finance Society in association with the Whitaker Institute at NUI Galway presents:  Learning the  Hard Lessons from the Banking Inquiry  Wednesday, 9th March 2016 2.30pm - 4.00 pm  CA118, Cairnes School of Business & Economics Senator Sean Barrett, Independent Senator in Seanad Éireann, Member of Oireachtas Banking Inquiry Chair: Brendan O'Driscoll, Finance Society, NUI Galway Prof. Alan Ahearne, Head of Economics, NUI Galway Prof. John McHale, Director of the Whitaker Institute, NUI Galway For further information:  

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

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.

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

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

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.

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.