Cathal is Head of the Rural Economy Research Centre.
He has studied at UCC, UCD, Oxford and the London School
of Economics, taking degrees in Mathematics, Statistics,
Economics and Social Policy. Prior to joining RERC
Cathal spent a number of years at the Department of
Economics at NUI Galway, Ireland.
Earlier he worked at the Department of Applied
Economics, University of Cambridge for 6 years and
previously at the Economic and Social Research
Institute, Dublin and as a Fast-Stream Civil Servant in
the UK Government.
His research is mainly in the area of applied public
economics, focusing on the impact of household sector,
tax and social policy on poverty, inequality, work
incentives and environmental pollution. In addition,
this work has extended into labour economics, economic
demography and environmental economics.
Education and Professional Qualifications
Ph.D. in Economics of Social Policy, London School of
Economics, UK, 2001 (Examiners: A.B. Atkinson, H.
Chartered Statistician, Royal Statistical Society, London,
M.A. in Economics, University College, Dublin, Ireland,
M.Sc. in Applied Statistics, Wolfson College, Oxford
University, UK, 1993.
B.Sc. in Mathematics and Statistics, University College,
Cork, Ireland 1992.
Membership of Academic Associations
International Institute for Public Finance
Association of Public Economic Theory
European Society of Population Economics
Society of Labour Economics
Institute for Fiscal Studies
Irish Economics Association
Royal Statistical Society
Statistical and Social Inquiry Society of Ireland