Projects

Measuring Economic Activity in the Presence of Superstar MNEs

(Revise and resubmit, Economic Letters) The Finance Act of 2015 introduced Irish residency, foreign-owned status to a number of large firms that otherwise functioned as “Stateless” while maintaining minimal effective tax rates on profits earned internationally.

(Job Market Paper) Unconventional Protectionism in Containerized Shipping

Using novel port-level bilateral container flow data, I calibrate a quantitative model of roundtrip containerized trade and consider counterfactuals which affect the cost of using physical transport equipment and associated trade outcomes.

Cargo Ships & Coastal Smog, Container Queues in San Pedro Bay

A Review of the Methodologies used in Compiling Owner-Occupiers’ Housing Indices

This paper examines the manner in which owner-occupiers housing costs are incorporated in the official inflation index. In particular, the focus is on the net acquisitions and the payments approach, which are currently used by the Central Statistics Office (CSO).

Household Savings Constraints, Uncertainty and Macroprudential Policy

Despite the increasingly wide-spread nature of macroprudential regulations, relatively few studies have assessed the implications of such policies on key household finance decisions. In this paper, we investigate the impact on Irish household perceived savings constraints of macroprudential policy measures introduced by the Central Bank of Ireland in early 2015.

Ireland and Brexit, Modelling the impact of deal and no-deal scenarios

A counterfactual analysis of the long-run growth prospects of Ireland under various potential Brexit scenarios. Commissioned by the Irish government’s Department of Finance and co-authored as part of the ESRI.

Firm-Level Productivity and Corruption

A firm-level analysis that assumes exogeneous productivity a la Melitz (2003). Measuring implied shifts in fixed costs of entry and export activity as a result of variation in corruption across industries and countries.