Teaching

I believe economics should be taught as if it can kill people, because it can. Watkins et al (British Medical Journal, 2017) found austerity-related policies were responsible for more than 120,000 deaths in the UK. Bad ideas breed bad policies, and people suffer. Good economic ideas are powerful forces for progress in society if they are applied well. I bring that level of seriousness to my teaching.

After the global economic crisis, the disconnect between the real world and economic thinking was identified as a key flaw. I try to rectify this flaw through my teaching.

My favourite definition of economics is Nikaido (Growth and Cycles, 1996):

“Economics is not only a social science but also a social thought, a product of society itself that reflects a need for coherent images or portraits by which its members can comprehend what is going on and better guide their actions within the system as a whole.”

I see it as my job to create the environment through which students can discover these ‘coherent images’ for themselves.

Currrent Teaching

  • Present2017

    Austerity: Governing Challenges

    Austerity is the result of a series of constraints. Good policy can avoid it.

  • Present2016

    Applied Economic Analysis

    It's not enough to know a little econometrics. These days you need to know how to programme, how to work with large datasets, and how to visualise.

Teaching History

For older courses, click a link to access the materials.

Spring 2017

EC4044, Applied Economic Analysis

SG8002, Philosophy of Science

Autumn 2016

EC4004, Economics for Business

EC6021, Macroeconomic Theory

SG8002, Philosophy of Science

Spring 2016

EC4024, Financial Economics

SG802, Philosophy of Science

Autumn 2015

EC4004, Economics for Business

EC6021, Macroeconomic Theory

ECXXXX, Mathematics for Economics

EC4407, Ireland and the World Economy, Guest Lecture

Spring 2015

EC4024, Financial Economics

SG802, Philosophy of Science

Autumn 2014

EC6021, Macroeconomic Theory

EC4004, Economics for Business

EC4000, Mathematics for Economists

EC4407, Ireland and the World Economy, Guest Lecture.

Spring 2014

EC4024, Financial Economics

Autumn 2013

EC6021, Macroeconomic Theory

Spring 2013

EC4024, Financial Economics

Autumn 2012

EC6021, Macroeconomic Theory

EC4004, Economics for Business

Spring 2012

EC4024, Financial Economics

EC6012, International Monetary Economics

Autumn 2011

EC4004/EC4913, Economics for Business

EC4027/EC4333, The Economy of Europe

Spring 2011

EC4024, Financial Economics

EC6012, International Monetary Economics

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Autumn 2010

EC4004, Economics for Business

EC4027, The European Economy

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Spring 2010

EC6012, International Monetary Economics

EC4024, Financial Economics

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Autumn 2009

EC4004, Economics for Business

EC4333, Economics of European Integration

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Spring 2009

EC4024, Financial Economics

EC6012, International Monetary Economics

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Autumn 2008

EC4333, Economics of European Integration

EC4004, Economics for Business

EC3601, Irish Economic Environment (Guest Lecture)

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Spring 2008

EC6012, International Monetary Economics

EC4024, Financial Economics

EC4004, Economics for Business

Teaching on the Go Seminars One and Two

EC4418, Monetary Economics & International Finance, Guest lectures One and TwoAudio.

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Autumn 2007

EC4333, Economics of European Integration

UL, Summer 2007

Introduction to Health Economics for Health Care Professionals,

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UL, Spring 2007

EC6012, International Monetary Economics

MG4014, Macroeconomics

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UL, Autumn 2006

EC4333, Economics of European Integration

EC6101, International Political Economy

EC3601, Irish Economic Environment

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Older courses, mostly archives (in .zip format):

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New School for Social Research, Spring 2005

GECO6910, Mathematica as a Foundation for Economic Analysis

GECO6190, Graduate Microeconomics

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New School for Social Research, Autumn 2005

GECO6910, Scientific Computing in Economics

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New School for Social Research, Spring 2006

Graduate Econometrics, Spring 2006, (archive)

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NUI, Galway, Semester 1, 2005

EC229, Quantitative Methods in Economics (archive)

EC502, Macroeconomics (archive)

EC507, Experimental Economics (archive)

EC349, Economic Theory (archive)

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NUI, Galway, Semester 2, 2004

EC213, Intermediate Macroeconomics. (archive)

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NUI, Galway, Semester 1, 2004

EC211, Managerial Economics. (archive)