I am an economist, trained at Trinity College Dublin, NUI, Galway, and the New School for Social Research. I have held visiting research fellowships at the University of Paris and at the University of Melbourne’s School of Government, where I am on sabbatical until October 2018.

My research interests centre around understanding the Irish economy through a detailed analysis of its public finances over time. This is often called ‘stock flow consistent’ analysis. I am interested in public policy problems of all kinds, and so I have published widely in macroeconomic modeling, health workforce planning and health economics, as well as more traditional public-sector economics.

In my 12 years as an academic I have published 40 peer-reviewed articles, 4 books, and 7 book chapters. Of these publications 16 look at the Irish state, its finances, and its future.

Most recently I have focused considerable attention on austerity, currently one of the most prominent issue in the field of public sector management.

There are three major themes to my research.

  1. Understanding the evolution of national financial systems.
  2. Assessing the performance of the Irish economy, in particular its health system.
  3. Understanding small open economies, particularly under conditions of austerity.


  • Economics of Austerity
  • Stock flow consistent economics
  • Health policy
  • Small open economies
  • Irish higher education policy
  • Fiscal policy

Current Research Projects

  • Strength of the Weak

    How do small open economies thrive?

  • Visualising Economic crises using accounting models

    Seeing better means governing better

  • Definancialising economies

    Small open economies need routes to de-financialise

  • Political Economy of Taxation and Expenditure

    How we spend people's taxes depends on ther interaction of ideas, interests, and institutions.