Monday, January 15, 2018

Geary Institute and Amarach Research Event: Decisions and Well-Being in the Irish Population

Geary Institute and Amarach Research Event: Decisions and Well-Being in the Irish Population 

Venue: Institute of Banking, Main Auditorium. Details of how to get to the venue are available here

Time: 1115am to 1pm.

Overview: We are delighted to invite you to a joint event being run by the Geary Institute for Public Policy and Amarach Research on well-being and decision making in Ireland. The use of well-being data in business and policy has attracted substantial international attention over the last decade but far more work is need to ground such data in practical applications in the Irish population. Similarly, the area of behavioural economics has become a major topic of interest, evidenced by the recent Nobel award. Yet the creation of data to develop applications of this area in Ireland is lacking so far. At the event, Professor Liam Delaney from UCD and Dr. Leonhard Lades EPA Research Fellow in Behavioural Economics will present findings on well-being and daily decision making in a representative sample of 1,000 people in the Irish population. The results display fascinating patterns of well-being and decision making across areas such as diet, work, social media, and many other areas of interest. It will be followed by a panel discussion addressing the potential uses of well-being and everyday diary decision data in Ireland. Some key topics include: how to use such data to evaluate well-being initiatives in workplace settings, how to measure the role of policy in shaping health and well-being in the population, how to evaluate the extent to which social media and smartphone use is contributing to positive and negative well-being and productivity outcomes. The event will be of interest to anyone involved in developing or consuming market research data and academics and professionals evaluating projects across a wide range of sectors.

Please register on this link. Registration is free but spaces are limited.

1115: Start

1115 - 1130: Overview: Liam Delaney (15 minutes)

1130 - 1200: Results: Leonhard Lades (30 minutes)

1200 - 1245: Discussion: Panel Chaired by Gerard O'Neill, Amarach Research

Friday, January 12, 2018

Call for Papers: Irish Economics Postgraduate and Early Career Conference 2018

Call for Papers: Irish Economics Postgraduate and Early Career Conference 2018
The Irish Society for New Economists (ISNE) workshop for postgraduate and early career researchers will take place in University College Dublin Geary Institute for Public Policy on Friday May 4th. The event is aimed at PhD students and early career researchers across the Irish universities. It will take the form of thematic sessions with faculty discussant input at each session, along with keynote talks, and engagement with policy and industry. We welcome submissions of papers from PhD students and early career researchers in institutions on the island of Ireland.

The ISNE was formed to encourage research, information and social links among economists at the early stages of their careers in Ireland. From 2001 to 2013, the Irish Society for New Economists (ISNE) held eleven workshops in Ireland for postgraduate and early career researchers. The events were run mostly by PhD students in the Universities, including events hosted by UCD, TCD, Limerick, Maynooth, Cork, and Galway. The conference is intended for advanced Masters students, PhD students, and young professionals in the early stages of research working in the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland. We strongly encourage those working on economics-related research to submit. Eligibility to present is not related to age. The meeting will feature the work and findings of scholars in economics and related fields, and will provide an excellent opportunity to present your own research results and work in progress.

As the conference is free to attend, no financial assistance for travel or accommodation can be provided. Researchers wishing to submit their work for consideration are advised to submit an extended abstract (300-500 words) at this link. Applicants are asked to include their name, institute or affiliation, current academic status (PhD, Young Professional, Masters) and JEL code(s) for their research on submitting an abstract. All of the above information should be attached in a /single PDF or Word File/. The deadline for the abstract submission is Friday, 30th March 2018. Applicants will receive notification shortly afterwards. The organising committee consists of Dr. Lisa Ryan, Dr. Benjamin Elsner, and Professor Liam Delaney at UCD, and Dr. Michelle Queally at NUI Galway. Please direct inquiries to

Tuesday, January 02, 2018

Opportunities for Behavioural Economics in Dublin

Below are some potential routes to study and work in this area with our group in UCD.

a) Our MSc in Behavioural Economics is recruiting for the 2018/2019 round. This is one-year programme covering core economics modules and a wide range of modules and engagments in behavioural economics.

b) Those considering a PhD in the area should look at the PhD scholarships in the UCD School of Economics. I can speak to people who are interested in doing a PhD in the area of behavioural economics.

c) See this link for a wide range of funding calls forthcoming from the main Irish government research funder, the IRC. There are calls that suit PhD applicants, early career researchers, and external partners.

Thursday, December 28, 2017

IRC Irish Research Funding 2018 Indicative Call Schedule

See this link for the 2018 indicative call schedule for research funding of the main research funding body in Ireland. This includes calls for PhD studentships, postdoctoral fellowships, industry/policy collaborations, and principal investigator led research funding. I am happy to discuss collaboration or hosting in the broad areas of interest in our research group across these funding areas.

Friday, December 22, 2017

IRC Employment Based PhD Programme

See below and this website for details of the forthcoming IRC employment based PhD initiative. I would be very happy to speak to people interested in working with our group on a proposal, including current partners.


The Employment-Based Postgraduate Programme is a unique national initiative. First piloted in 2012, it provides students in all disciplines an opportunity to work in a co-educational environment involving a higher education institution and an employment partner.

What is an employment partner?

An eligible Employment Partner on this programme is a business, company, registered charity, social, cultural or not-for-profit organisation, or a commercial semi-state organisation with a physical operational base located in Ireland that will employ the scholar for the duration of the award.

An eligible employment partner must have a base in the Republic of Ireland which can host the researcher.
The employment partner commits a minimum contribution of €8,000 p.a. towards the salary of the researcher.
The employment partner must be in a position to facilitate research and to provide mentorship to the researcher.

Thinking about applying?

Please note that, for reasons of transparency and fairness for all applicants, the Council will not enter into email, written or telephone correspondence with any individual applicant about the assessment process or their eligibility to apply.

Applicants should review all available documentation on our website, in particular the Terms and Conditions, in order to answer any queries they may have.

If you do not find the answer to your query in the available documentation, you should contact the research office (i.e. the office of the Vice-President/Dean of Research/Head of Development, as applicable) in your proposed institution. The research office will be able to provide information and clarification on the call. Research offices may send any queries they are unable to clarify to with the subject ‘Employment-Based Programme 2017 FAQ’. A set of FAQs will then be posted on this webpage.

How to apply

Applications will only be accepted through the online application system. As an aid to preparing an application, an indicative Word document version of the application form is provided as part of the call documentation. Indicative academic supervisor, employment mentor and referee forms are also provided. All applicants, supervisors and referees must submit their applications through the online application system according to the deadlines below.

Sunday, December 17, 2017

2017 Update #ucdbsp

Just a brief note of thanks for all the interactions in the first year of our new programme in Dublin. Our twitter feed and hashtag #ucdbsp gives a sense of the activity over the year. We have now got a very solid research team in UCD. We also funded our first major projects in this area, including the award of a highly competitive Marie Sklodowska-Curie fellowship to Michael Daly this year to join our group, and an EPA fellowship to Leonhard Lades to work with EnvEcon and our group on a collaborative project. We are glad also to welcome Till Weber as a research fellow and Sean Gill, Tadgh Heggarty, and Kenneth Devine, as PhD students. Doireann O'Brien, Aisling Reidy, Sarah Breathnach, Lucie Martin, Karen Arulsamy, Roland Umanan, Philip Carthy, Pierce Gately, Dara Lavelle, all worked on many different aspects of the development of our projects as paid student research assistants, and it is particularly good to develop this aspect and I hope the group will become a training ground for top researchers of the future.

This year we held many events internally and externally, including with some of the leading thinkers in this area globally, including several sessions of our behavioural science and policy network, which now has over 400 members on the mailing list. See this link for the preliminary list of Wednesday sessions for next term and I will add more shortly. These sessions have been very useful in connecting the research group and students to the wider world and I hope it will be an engine room for the development of this area in Ireland more generally. We also hosted the 10th annual workshop in economics and psychology in Ireland on December 1st, with keynote speakers Professors Don Ross and Jennifer Sheehy-Skeffington. We also hosted a workshop for PhD students and early career researchers in behavioural science on November 30th, and we will host this event again in 2018. We formally launched our centre in September with a keynote talk from Professor Peter John. We were also glad to host Professor Cass Sunstein on two occasions, including the award of the UCD Ulyssses medal to him and Professor Samantha Power.

We have worked on projects with the Environmental Protection Agency, Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland, Beaumont Hospital, Amarach Research, EnvEcon, Department of Health, and others and these will develop further throughout 2018.  Our new MSc in Behavioural Economics began in September with a very strong group of students and it is recruiting solidly for 2018/2019 also, and was made possible by industry funding to UCD from AIB. We also opened up the undergraduate module to a wide group of students, and 230 students registered and took this course at UCD this term. Publications from our team in 2017 included several peer-reviewed articles in international journals in economics, psychology, and health, including Psychological Science, Economic Journal, Journal of Applied Psychology, Economics Letters, Journal of Behavioural Decision Making, Health Psychology, European Journal of Political Economy, and others. Many of these papers are based on projects that were developed before the current initiative but much of this work will be continued here in various forms.

In 2018, we will roll out new modules in behavioural public policy and experimental behavioural economics. We will also have a full programme of external events, details of which will be made available shortly, including monthly sessions of the Irish behavioural science and policy network. We are also in the process of building a physical experimental laboratory space in Dublin and I look forward to talking to people more about that. We will also make preparations for hosting the 44th annual IAREP conference in Dublin in September. 2019. We look forward to developing a stream of interesting projects across environmental policy, health, and financial decision making, with particular emphasis on measurement foundations, evaluation methods, and ethics. I hope the team will build up well during the year and we already have some interesting things to announce relatively early in the New Year. We will also put up a full website toward the middle of the next academic term.

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Wednesday Weekly Sessions

We host a weekly session from 930am to 1030am on Wednesday mornings to bring our researchers and students together with external stakeholders interested in this area. As well as knowledge exchange, we also hope that students will be encouraged to apply some of their material to direct policy questions. Below is current schedule. We welcome expressions of interest.

Spring (2018 - in progress and indicative titles) 

24th January: Anamaria Vrabie (The New School): "Behavioural Economics and Urban Design". 

31st January: Cliona Kelly (UCD) "Behavioural Law and Economics". 

7th February: Derville Rowland, Director General, Financial Conduct at the Central Bank. 

14th February: Aisling NĂ­ Chonaire: Lead Research Advisor, Behavioural Insights Team. 

21st February: Faisal Naru (OECD): "Behavioural Economics and Public Policy". 

28th February: Doris Laepple (NUIG): "Behavioural Experiments in Agricultural Economics". 

7th March: Cal Muckley (UCD): "National culture and banking operational risk".

14th March: Ben Elsner (UCD/IZA): "Rank and Peer Effects in Education". 

21st March: Robert Murphy (Stirling/Department of Health): "Behavioural Economics and Implementation of Health Policies"

28th March: 

4th April: Liam Delaney and Till Weber (UCD): "New Facility for Behavioural and Experimental Economics at UCD". 

11th April: 

18th April: Deirdre Robertson (ESRI): "Behavioural Economics and Regulation".

25 April:  Michelle Queally (NUIG): "Behavioural Economics and Health". 

Autumn 2017 

27th September: Simon Rafferty (EPA) "Behavioural Economics and Environmental Policy" and Patricia Harris (HSA): "Reducing Work Accidents in Ireland"

4th October: Clare Delargy (BIT): "Behavioural Insights Team and Public Policy".

11th October: Aine Lyng and Ronan Murphy (NCCP): "Cancer Prevention"

18th October: Cathal Fitzgerald (DETI): "Brexit and Firm Decision Making; Behavioural Economics of Innovation".

25th October: Till Weber (Nottingham): "Experimental Methods and Behavioural Economics".

1st November: Leonhard Lades (UCD and EnvEcon): "Naturalistic Monitoring of Human Preferences and Behaviour".

8th November: Michael Daly (UCD and Stirling): "Self-control and Health".

15 November: Orla Doyle (UCD): "Behavioural Economics and Early Childhood Intervention".

22nd November: Kenneth Devine (Central Bank of Ireland): "Behavioural Economics and Financial Decision Making".

29th November: Keith Walsh (Revenue): "Behavioural Economics and Tax Administration".