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Current Graduate Research Students

UCD School of Economics runs a thriving PhD programme that offers rigorous training and expert supervision. The programme is designed to prepare students for top-level jobs in academia, institutions and the private sector. From day one, our PhD students are part of a vibrant research community at UCD and in the Greater Dublin Area. Currently, over 50 students from 16 countries are enrolled in the programme. 

Current Students

Carolina Nunes
Bin Zhang
Ciaran Murphy
Frederik Ledoux
Wanying Deng
Hayk Taverdyan
Chinchu T H
Biniyam Gezahegn Worku

  Haochi Chen
Research Interests:   Labour economics, applied econometrics, intergenerational transmission, inequality, policy analysis
Thesis Title:  Intergenerational Transmission of Perception
Supervisor: Prof David Madden
Funding: BDIC Scholarship
  Sam Deegan
Research Interests:  
Thesis Title:  Feedback Effects of Financial Distress: A Study of the European Banking Sector
Supervisor: Dr Constantin Burgi & Dr Yota Deli
Funding: UCD School of Economics PhD Scholarship
  Andy Finette
Research Interests:  Experimental economics, epistemic game theory, philosophy and economics, social norms, correlated equilibria
Thesis Title:  A Social Ontology of Institutions: Theory and Experiments
Supervisor:  Dr Vessela Daskolova & Dr Margaret Samahita  
Funding:  BDIC Scholarship
  Aditi Kharb
Research Interests: Development, gender, migration
Thesis Title: Disasters, Gender and Inequalities
Supervisor: 
Christopher Jepsen & Benjamin Elsner
Funding: UCD School of Economics PhD Scholarship
  Glenn McNamara
Research Interests:  
Thesis Title: Acceptance towards offshore windfarms and the community benefits payment scheme
Supervisor: Dr Margaret Samahita & Prof Lisa Ryan
Funding: NextSys
  Nadiya Saba
Research Interests: Energy, environmental economics, electric vehicle
uptake, decarbonisation of transport sector
Thesis Title: Factors influencing increased adoption of EV towards
Decarbonisation of Transport sector in Ireland and Internationally
Supervisor: Prof Lisa Ryan & Prof Aisling Reynolds-Feighan
Funding: NextSys
  Shreya Swarnakar
Research Interests: Health, gender, development, institutions
Thesis Title: A Detailed Analysis of Health Outcomes of Women
Supervisor: Dr Kanika Kapur & Dr Fabrice Kampfen 
Funding: UCD School of Economics PhD Scholarship
Yung-Shiang Yang (Jasmine)
Research Interests: Behavioural economics, experimental economics, public policy
Thesis Title: An Economist’s Approach to Understanding Motivation
Supervisor: Dr Vessela Daskolova & Dr Margaret Samahita 
Funding: UCD School of Economics PhD Scholarship

  Daire Crotty
Research Interests: Labour, education, and sports economics 
Thesis Title: Educational Attainment and Wage Structures 
Supervisor: Prof Paul Devereux 
Funding: UCD School of Economics PhD Scholarship   
  Francesca Eustacchi
Research Interests: Developing countries, development economics, Latin America 
Thesis Title: The Impact of Women Land Titles on Children's Well-Being
Supervisor: Dr Frank Walsh
Funding: UCD School of Economics PhD Scholarship 
  Kira Finan
Research Interests:  
Thesis Title: The Impact of China’s Outward Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) on Developing Countries in Africa and the Middle East
Supervisor: Dr Zuzanna Studnicka
Funding: BDIC Scholarship
  Olivia Finan
Research Interests:  
Thesis Title: The economic impact of women entrepreneurship in STEM fields
Supervisor: Prof Orla Doyle
Funding: IRC Government of Ireland Scholarship
  Sorcha Foster
Research Interests: Monetary policy, non-standard instruments, banking
Thesis Title: Essays in Monetary Policy 
Supervisor: Dr Karl Whelan
Funding:   Funded by Employer (Central Bank of Ireland)
  Beatriz Gietner
Research Interests: Education, labour, and growth
Thesis Title: Three Essays on Human Capital
Supervisor: Dr Kevin Denny
Funding: UCD School of Economics PhD Scholarship
  Manvi Jindal
Research Interests: Applied microeconomics, inequality, labor economics, social economics, gender economics
Thesis Title: Essays on Inequalities Across Gender and Disabilities
Supervisor: Dr Benjamin Elsner
Funding: UCD School of Economics Scholarship
Website: (opens in a new window)https://sites.google.com/view/manvijindal/
  Neeharika Kakunuri
Research Interests: Development economics, political economy & economics of demography and gender
Thesis Title: Unveiling Gender Attitudes: Exploring the Intersection of Gender Perceptions and Development Initiatives
Supervisor: Dr Frank Walsh
Funding: BDIC Scholarship
Website: (opens in a new window)https://sites.google.com/view/neeharikakakunuri
  Zilong Li
Research Interests: International economics, trade, finance 
Thesis Title: Revisiting the Border Effect 
Supervisor: Dr Zuzanna Studnicka
Funding: China Scholarship Council (CSC)
  Giacomo lo Conte
Research Interests: Economics of innovation, economic geography, applied microeconomics
Thesis Title: The Geography of Technological Dynamics 
Supervisor: Prof Ronald Davies & Prof Dieter Kogler
Funding:   IRC Government of Ireland Scholarship
  Prachi Srivastava
Research Interests:  Expectations, uncertainty, bounded rationality in macroeconomics
Thesis Title:  Expectations, Uncertainty in Monetary Policy
Supervisors: Prof Karl Whelan & Dr Constantin Burgi
Funding:   BDIC Scholarship
Website: (opens in a new window)https://srivastava-prachi.github.io/mysite/index.html
  Kun Wu
Research Interests: Income risk exposure, consumption and income smoothing, assortative matching
Thesis Title: Income Risk Exposure within Families: An Empirical Test
Supervisor: Prof Kevin Denny 
Funding: China Scholarship Council (CSC)
Website: (opens in a new window)https://sites.google.com/view/wukun

  Matthew Amalitinga Abagna
Research Interests: Development economics, public economics, and policy evaluation.
Thesis Title:  “Transforming Economies: An Analysis of Special Economic Zones and their Economic Outcomes in Africa”
Supervisor: Prof Ronald Davies & Dr Nora Strecker 
Funding: UCD School of Economics Scholarship
Website: (opens in a new window)https://sites.google.com/view/matthewamalitingaabagna
  Dimitrios Argyros
Research Interests: Family economics, development economics, health economics and political economy
Thesis Title: Essays in Family and Development Economics: How Economic Shocks, Policies, and Cultural Norms Shape Child Outcomes Across the Developing World
Supervisor: Dr Benjamin Elsner
Funding: IRC Government of Ireland Scholarship
Website: (opens in a new window)https://sites.google.com/view/dimitrios-argyros/
  Tatiana Bezdenezhnykh
Research Interests: Political economy, inequality, health economics
Thesis Title: Living in a Non-Democracy: Russia's Changing Economic Landscape
Supervisor:  Dr Kanika Kapur
Funding: UCD School of Economics PhD Scholarship
  Killian Carroll
Research Interests: Macroeconomics, fiscal policy, monetary policy
Thesis Title: Essays in Macroeconomics and Fiscal Policy
Supervisor: Dr Nora Strecker
Funding: Funded by employer (Irish Fiscal Advisory Council)
  Himani Pasricha
Research Interests: Migration, climate change and labour market outcomes
Thesis Title: Essays in Labour Economics
Supervisor: Dr Frank Walsh
Funding: BDIC Scholarship
  Luke Rehill
Research Interests:
Thesis Title: The Intersection of Productivity with International Trade and Industrial Organisation
Supervisor: Dr Stefanie Haller & Prof Ronald Davies
Funding: Funded by employer (Department of Finance)
  Manuel Estevo Lago Rodriguez
Research Interests: Gender economics, experimental economics, social economics, behavioural economics 
Thesis Title: Going Beyond the Media in the Era of #MeToo: Causality and Driving Mechanisms of Gender Social Movements
Supervisor: Prof Orla Doyle
Funding: IRC Government of Ireland Scholarship
Website: (opens in a new window)https://sites.google.com/view/manuelestevolago
  Yishan Shi
Research Interests: Education economics, development economics
Thesis Title: Intergenerational Mobility in Education and Economic Transformation in Africa
Supervisor: Prof Kevin Denny
Funding: China Scholarship Council (CSC)

  Philip Carthy
Research Interests: Environmental economics, health economics, transport economics
Thesis Title:  Environment, Health, and Economic Well-being: A Long-Term Perspective
Supervisor:  Prof Aisling Reynolds-Feighan
Funding: IRC Government of Ireland Scholarship
  Michele Gubello
Research Interests: Applied microeconomic theory, inequality, intergenerational transmission, public economics, economics of education
Thesis Title: Essays on Inequality and Public Policies: Theory and Applications
Supervisor:  Dr Benjamin Elsner & Dr Sarah Parlane
Funding: IRC Government of Ireland Scholarship 
Website: (opens in a new window)https://sites.google.com/view/michelegubello
  Mohsin Javed
Research Interests: Labour markets, technological change
Thesis Title: The Impact of Automation Technologies on Workers with Different Skills
Supervisor:  Dr Benjamin Elsner & Prof Christopher Jepsen
Funding: UCD School of Economics PhD Scholarship
  Emily Pratt
Research Interests: 
Thesis Title: Do Ban the Box Rules Actually Increase Employment Discrimination Against Minority Men?
Supervisor:  Prof. Christopher Jepsen
Funding: Self-funded
  Johannes Scheuerer
Research Interests: 
Thesis Title: Tax Non-Compliance in a Globalizing World: Economic Consequences and Governments' Countermeasures
Supervisor: Prof Ronald Davies
Funding: UCD School of Economics Scholarship
Website: (opens in a new window)https://sites.google.com/view/johannesscheuerer/

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