Uses and Abuses of Economics in the Debate on Universities

Posted in Governance and administration on February 5th, 2017 by steve

“Last night, Martin Wolf, chief economics commentator at the Financial Times, delivered a splendid lecture with the title ‘Uses and Abuses of Economics in the Debate on Universities’. It is not possible to do this justice in a brief report, but I aim here to give a synopsis of the main arguments …” (more)

[The lecture itself is here]
[Dorothy Bishop, CDBU, 27 January]

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Where are all the women economists?

Posted in Research on February 3rd, 2017 by steve

“I dare you to do something. Fetch a piece of paper and write something on it: the names of five famous female economists. Go on, off you go. And no cheating – no googling on your iPhone. It’s hard, isn’t it? …” (more)

[Frances Weetman, New Statesman, 3 February]

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NUIG students given answers with economic exam paper

Posted in Teaching on December 9th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“NUI Galway is investigating an issue which arose with an exam paper this week.The university has not confirmed the nature of the problem, but according to Galway Bay FM, the answers to the questions were included on the paper …” (more)

[Connacht Tribune, 8 December]

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The Economic Logic of Student Loans (or, not …)

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on July 18th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“The publication of the long delayed and much leaked Cassells report on third level financing is both welcome and depressing. It is welcome in that finally there is a clear and unambiguous analysis of the financial mess in which the sector finds itself …” (more)

[Brian M Lucey, 16 July]

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The Cassells report on third-level financing fails to paint the whole picture

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on July 18th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“The publication of the long-delayed and much leaked Cassells Report on third-level financing is both welcome and depressing. It is welcome in that finally there is a clear and unambiguous analysis of the financial mess in which the sector finds itself …” (more)

[Brian Lucey, Irish Examiner, 18 July]

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Brendan Walsh: An influential Irish economist who taught students to ask questions

Posted in Life on May 28th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Prof Brendan Walsh, who died suddenly age 76, was a hugely influential Irish economist. Walsh was the youngest of four children. His father was a civil servant; his mother and her sister ran Curtins, a women’s clothing shop in Talbot Street, Dublin …” (more)

[Irish Times, 28 May]

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Death of respected UCD economics professor Brendan Walsh (76)

Posted in Life on May 22nd, 2016 by steve

Ireland“The death has taken place of Prof Brendan Walsh, former head of economics at UCD and one of Ireland’s foremost economists. He was 76. Dr Walsh, a familiar figure in media discussions, was professor of national economics at UCD from 1980 until his retirement in 2005 …” (more)

[Arthur Beesley, Irish Times, 21 May]

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Has the way universities teach economics changed enough?

Posted in Governance and administration, Teaching on April 28th, 2016 by steve

UK“In the years following the global financial crisis, the academic study and teaching of economics has come in for a bashing. In fact, it has faced the kind of fundamental criticism rarely directed towards entire disciplines. The apparent failure of economists to predict, let alone prevent, the 2008 crash has led to accusations that conventional economic teaching cannot adequately explain the complex dynamics and risks of modern economies …” (more)

[Daniel Cullen, Guardian, 28 April]

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Higher education’s contribution to Irish economy tops €10 billion a year

Posted in Research on December 28th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“The Republic of Ireland’s higher education institutions contribute €10.6 billion (£7.8 billion) a year to the country’s economy, a new study indicates. The report by economists from Trinity College Dublin also found that higher education supports 150,000 jobs in the country …” (more)

[Jack Grove, Times Higher Education, 28 December]

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A Win for Trinity’s Reputation is a Loss for its Economics Department

Posted in Governance and administration on October 26th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“The HEA’s Employment Control Framework creates a paradox for universities. In a move that took many by surprise this week, the government appointed Trinity professor Philip Lane to succeed Patrick Honohan as governor of the Irish Central Bank …” (more)

[University Times, 25 October]

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Papers in economics ‘not reproducible’

Posted in Research on October 21st, 2015 by steve

USA“At least half of papers in economics are not reproducible, a new analysis has found, suggesting that the ‘reproducibility crisis’ in academia is not confined to lab sciences. Researchers from the United States Federal Reserve and the Department of the Treasury tried to replicate the results from 67 papers across 13 prestigious journals, but even after contacting authors when necessary, they were successful in only 49% of cases …” (more)

[David Matthews, Times Higher Education, 21 October]

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TCD economics professor Philip Lane to be appointed new Central Bank governor

Posted in Governance and administration on October 20th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“TCD economics professor Philip Lane is to be nominated as the new Central Bank governor. Finance Minister Michael Noonan said Prof Lane’s ‘outstanding economic, financial and policy making record ideally position him to lead the Central Bank in the coming years’ …” (more)

[Gavin McLoughlin, Independent, 20 October]

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Critical look at Leaving Cert economics syllabus long overdue

Posted in Teaching on September 8th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Somebody had the bright idea, in 2000, to review the Leaving Certificate economics syllabus. No doubt this was motivated in part by the fact that not much had changed since the subject was introduced in 1969 …” (more)

[Chris Johns, Irish Times, 8 September]

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CAO, Colleges and the Points Race

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on August 27th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Economics can be useful. By this I dont mean the quasi-mathematical faffing about that some, including practitioners, think of as economics. Nor do I mean forecasting, something economists are both poor at and addicted to doing …” (more)

[Brian M Lucey, 27 August]

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Points system is a pricing mechanism

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on August 22nd, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Economics can be useful. By this I don’t mean the quasi-mathematical faffing about that some, including practitioners, think of as economics.Nor do I mean forecasting, something economists are both poor at and addicted to doing. I mean the specific way of thinking, the juxtaposing of scarce resources versus unlimited desires …” (more)

[Brian Lucey, Irish Examiner, 22 August]

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We need a sexual revolution in economics

Posted in Research, Teaching on June 2nd, 2015 by steve

UK“Economics is in need of a sexual revolution – and with feminism on the rise, now is the time to push for one. We’re all aware of the gaping gender gap in the Stem subjects – science, technology, engineering and maths. But this isn’t the only academic discipline failing to attract women: the same problem is also plaguing economics …” (more)

[Victoria Bateman, Guardian Higher Education Network, 2 June]

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One of these things is not like the other …

Posted in Governance and administration on February 19th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“At the top of the tree in academia are Personal or Chaired Professors. Are all created equal? These positions are expensive – they top out at around 130k pa. They should be rare. These, after all are the ne plus ultra of the profession …” (more)

[Brian M Lucey, 19 February]

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Economics teaching in Trinity needs to get with the times

Posted in Teaching on February 18th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“A new student group dedicated to challenging the way economics is studied and taught in Trinity sets out its manifesto …” (more)

[Trinity News, 17 February]

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Leaving Cert students avoid ‘hard’ questions

Posted in Teaching on February 14th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Students sitting the Leaving Certificate ‘honours’ economics exam are able to avoid answering more challenging questions because of the way the paper is structured …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 14 February]

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Economist Thomas Piketty refuses French Legion d’Honneur

Posted in Governance and administration on January 1st, 2015 by steve

France“France’s star economist Thomas Piketty, who shot to fame and topped best-seller lists last year with his controversial book on wealth and inequality, has declined the country’s highest award, the Legion d’Honneur, French media said …” (more)

[Irish Times, 1 January]

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