I combine economics and history to better understand the performance of firms, industries, economies and societies. Topics I have studied include: the causes and consequences of banking crises; culture, religion and the design of cooperative organisations; famines, pandemics and sample selection; patents, invention and the process of innovation; and the formulation and development of monetary policy.
Expertise: economic history; financial history; business history; banking crises; health crises; patents and innovation; economic policymaking process; pedagogical reform
Historical Lessons for Ukraine I have written an op-ed together with Eoin McLaughlin and Matthias Blum on the lessons from past experiences of famine (including in Ukriane) for policymakers today. It is published in The Conversation. We wrote a follow-up piece for RTÉ Brainstorm focusing on the growing food security crisis.
Policy Lessons from Ireland's Past A series of policy briefings published by the Economics Observatory explore policy lessons from Ireland's past. They were commissioned to coincide with Northern Ireland's centenary.