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Lovett Lecture 2010

Date:               Thursday April 8th 2010
Time:               7.30pm
Venue:             Kemmy Business School, (KBG-12)

Lovett Lecture 2010

18th Annual John Lovett Memorial Lecture

Delivered by:
Dr. Alan Ahearne, 
J.E. Cairnes School of Business & Economics
NUI Galway & Special Advisor to the Minister for Finance

Title of Dr. Ahearne's lecture is:
"Ireland's economic crisis: implications for the labour market"

Biography: Dr. Alan Ahearne is currently Special Advisor to Minister for Finance.

He is on leave of absence from his post as Lecturer in economics at the J.E. Cairnes School of Business and Economics at the National University of Ireland, Galway. He also holds an appointment as a Non-Resident Fellow at Bruegel, the influential Brussels-based economics think tank, and is a Research Associate at the Institute for International Integration Studies at Trinity College Dublin. He is an invited member of the Financial Times Economists' Forum, the EMU Monitor group of monetary experts, and the RGE Europe EconoMonitor. He is Associate Editor of The Economic and Social Review.

Dr. Ahearne joined NUI Galway in 2005. Prior to coming to Galway, he was a Senior Economist in the International Finance Division of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System in Washington, DC. During his seven years at the Federal Reserve Board, his duties included preparing notes for and presenting briefings to Chairman Alan Greenspan and other Board members. He was also the principal economist at the Board covering the Japanese and Chinese economies. Dr. Ahearne has taught economics at Carnegie Mellon University, University College Dublin, Dublin City University, and the University of Limerick. He began his professional career with Coopers & Lybrand and also worked for Bank of Ireland Group Treasury.

Dr. Ahearne's areas of expertise are macroeconomics and international finance. His research includes studies on property markets in Ireland and other industrial countries; global current account imbalances and exchange rates; services sector growth; and the economic performance of the euro area. In addition to being published in top academic journals, his research has featured in The Economist, Financial Times, Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Irish Times, and Sunday Business Post.  He also writes a weekly column on property for the Sunday Independent.  He is a regular contributor on economic issues on the BBC, CNBC, RTE, Newstalk, and Today FM.  At Carnegie Mellon, he received several awards and honours, including the William Larimer Mellon Doctoral Fellowship (1993-1996) and the Excellence in Teaching Award (1997).

Dr. Ahearne received a B.B.S. from the University of Limerick in 1989, an M.Econ.Sc. from University College Dublin in 1991 and an M.Sc. (1995) and a Ph.D. (1998), both in economics, from Carnegie Mellon University. At Carnegie Mellon, he received several awards and honours, including the William Larimer Mellon Doctoral Fellowship (1993-1996) and the Excellence in Teaching Award (1997). His Ph.D. dissertation advisor at Carnegie Mellon was Finn Kydland, winner of the Nobel Prize in economics in 2004. 

"The economist who told you so" is an Irish Times profile of Alan Ahearne.

A number of Best Student awards will also be made on the night including the John Lovett Memorial Prize for best student on the BBS (Personnel Management) Programme.

The Annual John Lovett Memorial Lecture Series is jointly organised by the Department of Personnel & Employment Relations, Kemmy Business School, and the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) in Ireland. The Series was established in 1993 in memory of John Lovett, former chairman of the CIPD in Ireland (then Institute of Personnel Management), Personnel Director.

Further details from Paddy Gunnigle (061 202637, or Bernie Mc Grenaghan (061 202380,


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