Alan Ahearne to chair ESRI/Department of Finance research group

Professor Frances Ruane, Director of ESRI; Professor Alan Ahearne, Head of Economics, NUI Galway Mr Derek Moran, Secretary General, Department of Finance
Feb 04 2015 Posted: 15:43 GMT

Professor Alan Ahearne, Head of Economics at NUI Galway, has been appointed Chairman of the steering committee governing the newly launched Economic and Social Research Institute (ESRI) and Department of Finance Joint Research Programme on the Macro-economy and Taxation.

Under the programme – the objective of which is to undertake and disseminate research on various macroeconomic and taxation issues in Ireland - researchers from the ESRI will work alongside officials from the Department of Finance on various research projects.  The programme will run for two years.

Research topics are likely to include: 

  • research on aspects of the OECD’s base erosion and profit shifting initiative;
  • analysis of FDI spillover effects;
  • research on UK-Ireland macroeconomic links in the context of joint membership of the EU;
  • analysis of petrol and diesel markets in Ireland; and
  • macroeconomic and tax modelling. 

All research will be published. The joint collaboration between the Department and the ESRI was announced by the Minister for Finance at the Department’s conference on International Taxation and Economic Growth last October.

Further details of the programme are available here.