Cathal O'Donoghue is the Head of the Rural Economy Research Centre of Teagasc, the Irish Agriculture and Food Development Authority having previously taught at the National University of Ireland, Galway. His research involves the design and use of microsimulation models for the evaluation of public policy. e.g. SWITCH (Irish tax- benefit model at the ESRI, Dublin); LIAM (Life-cycle Income Analysis Model at LSE); EUROMOD (European tax-benefit model at Cambridge U.); Pensim2 (UK Pensions projection model at the Department for Work and Pensions, London); SLIEVE (Sri Lanka inequality and environmental evaluation model at the World Bank). He has acted as a consultant to a range of national and international organisations. He is also a Research Associate of the Economic and Social Research Institute, Dublin, the Department of Applied Economics at ULB Brussels, DAE at the University of Cambridge, an ICER Research Fellow at the University of Turin and a SAGE Visiting Fellow at the London School of Economics. He is convenor of the UK Department of Work and Pensions' Expert Group on Economic Demography.
Teagasc Mellows Campus
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Jason Loughrey is a Research Officer at the Teagasc Rural Economy and Development Programme in Galway, Ireland. His research is mainly concerned with Labour Economics, Agricultural Economics and the Income Distribution. He has participated as a researcher in a number of EU-funded projects including the AIMAP project (Accurate Income Measurement for the Assessment of Public Policies), the Factor Markets Project (Comparative Analysis of Factor Markets for Agriculture across the Member States) and a study on the timeliness of EU SILC based indicators. His current research deals with quantifying the implications of risk and volatility in Irish Dairy farming. His research is published in Applied Economics, the Journal of Policy Analysis and Management, the Economic and Social Review, the International Journal of Microsimulation and the IZA Journal of European Labor Studies.
Teagasc Rural Economy and Development Programme
Athenry, Co. Galway
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