Monthly Archives: June 2012
Results from the last census are being released by the Central Statistics Office. There are lots of interesting numbers. This one today caught my eye: For the first time more third level students drove to college than used any other … Continue reading
For those thinking of applying for 3rd level education in Ireland this year via the CAO, you probably know there is a window in which you can change your original preferences. That window ends soon on July 1st, see here … Continue reading
Often in discussions about the economy, particularly the labour market, reference is made to the “average industrial wage” as some sort of benchmark. For example Sinn Fein TD’s (members of the lower house of parliament in Ireland) restrict themselves to … Continue reading
The UCD School of Economics is hiring a one year teaching fellow for period September 1 2012 to August 31 2013. Salary €32k. It would be ideal position for someone nearly completing or just completed a PhD. Application can only … Continue reading
A friend of mine (well, a colleague, I don’t really like him) remarked recently that he was feeling “under the cosh” because of some deadline or other. We all know the feeling, exam papers to set, papers to revise, re-submit, … Continue reading
Sometimes you hear something that really makes you stop and think and realize just how bloody lucky you are. Today was one of those days. On the way to the dentist, I was listening to the Pat Kenny Show on … Continue reading
I was never very good at geography in school but I wasn’t too bad at economics.
This video by Peter Ubel has an excellent discussion about the issue of consumer irrationality in the context of obesity and discusses some interventions that work and some that don’t, drawing on recent developments in behavioural economics. Ubel’s perspective is … Continue reading
When economists study the factors that influence people’s levels of education it tends to be variables like socio-economic background, parental income, tuition costs. There is some work on macro-economic determinants (e.g. whether young people are likely to quit school in … Continue reading
There are funded graduate research opportunities in environmental economics, climate change & smart cities at the Earth Institute in University College Dublin . See here for details.