About

Welcome to my website – I hope you find it useful. I am an economist, writing here in a personal capacity about the Irish economy, the world economy and the property market, three topics which form the backbone of the site. My experience is as an economic researcher and analyst across academic, private and public sectors, with work in the areas of public policy, national competitiveness, property markets, ICT and economic development, economic growth, foreign direct investment and the history of globalization.

I seem to have always been interested in economic affairs. My earliest economic idea was when I was six or seven: I wanted to become an architect so that I could design six buildings employing 50,000 each, thus solving Ireland’s then unemployment crisis! (If only it were that simple now.) Unfortunately, I had to wait almost another ten years before really getting stuck in to economics, when I started in Trinity College, Dublin. Having graduated with a first class joint honours degree in Economics & Political Science, I went on to read a first-class honours M.Sc. and a research-based M.Litt. in Economics, where my thesis was on the relationship between labor market inequality and its determinants, including deglobalization, unionization and industrial change.

After serving briefly as a Junior Diplomat with Irish Aid in 2005/2006, I was economist for Ireland’s National Competitiveness Council and a policy analyst at Forfás, Ireland’s enterprise policy advisory board in 2006 and 2007. From 2007 to 2009, I was a Managing Consultant at the IBM Global Center for Economic Development, part of IBM’s business think-tank, the Institute for Business Value. My work involved research and analysis on issues of importance to economic development, including the socioeconomic impact of ICT, e-readiness, emerging markets, environmental challenges and the global economic recession. On the basis of my work on economic development, I have been asked to present nationally and internationally on Ireland’s economic development and on topics relating to competitiveness and foreign direct investment.

In 2004, I set up the Economic Research unit at daft.ie, Ireland’s largest property website, and since then, I have been responsible for the quarterly reports on Ireland’s residential sales and lettings markets. The Daft Report has grown to become one of the most widely cited economic reports in the country, featuring in more than 200 print media articles alone every year. The Daft Report is also the primary reason I am a regular contributor to Irish media, including RTE Morning Ireland, Newstalk, the Irish Independent, the Irish Examiner, Today FM’s the Last Word and national and regional news programmes.

You can connect with me on twitter or LinkedIn if you’re either of those networks.

PS. While economics is the primary focus of my attentions and thus of my website, I am also interested in and post about genealogy, technology, politics and a few other bits and pieces, which you may strewn around the site. I have a separate genealogy site, on myheritage.com, with lots more information on my family tree, if that’s of interest.

PPS. The whole site is in the middle of being revamped at the moment. The new version should be up by the end of May. In the mean time, thanks for stopping by, and feel free to leave a comment if you want to make contact. For those looking for the photo used in my image header, click on the pic below and save away!

Clew Bay, County Mayo

Clew Bay, County Mayo

4 Responses

  1. I am really glad to have found your website.

    I am in the US and have been thinking about eventually going to live in Ireland, but I want to know how things are before I leap out of the frying pan and into the fire.

    I will be visiting for the first time in 35 years this summer, hoping to see my late mom’s brother as well as spend time in the area where they were born and raised.
    I’ve avoided the US property bubble but my goal is to not get sucked too soon into anything in Ireland either.

  2. hi ronan, david mc w here. wonderful, wonderful stuff. whats the best email to get u on. i’m at david@davidmcwilliams.ie. all the best david

    • Thanks David, will be in touch. For anyone else interested in getting touch (before the new site with its dedicated contact page goes up next week), my email is address is simply my name (all one word) at gmail.com.

      R

  3. My thanks to David McWilliams for directing me to this site

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