The IEA Annual Conference is the highlight of the Association’s activities and takes place in early May at different locations around Ireland.

The Annual conference features two international plenary lectures – the Edgeworth Lecture and the ESR Lecture – as well as a number of invited and contributed paper sessions.  Each year we award a number of prizes including the Denis Conniffe prize for the best paper by a young economist, the Brendan Walsh prize for the best paper published in the Economic and Social Review, and the Novartis prize for the best health economics paper.

The first conference took place in 1986, and since then, continues to grow in popularity attracting both national and international economists.

Irish Economic Association Annual Conference 2021

The 34th Annual Irish Economic Association Conference was organised by Trinity College Dublin and held virtually on 6-7 May 2021.

The Association invited submissions of papers to be considered for the conference programme in any area in Economics, Finance and Econometrics. Preference was given to submissions that include a full paper.  In all, 103 papers were delivered across 28 sessions, with 185 (virtual) attendees.

The final programme is available to download here.

The keynote guest lectures (Day 1 and 2) and panel discussion (Day 2) videos are accessible below.

Day 1: Prof. Ulrike Malmendier, Professor of Economics at the University of California, Berkeley

The Economic and Social Review Guest Lecture

Title: ‘Experience Effects in Economics – Lessons from Past and Current Crises’


Day 2: Prof. Hélène Rey, Professor of Economics at the London Business School

Edgeworth Guest Lecture

Title: ‘Answering the Queen: Machine learning and financial crises’


There were 2 lunchtime panel discussions (on gender equality, hosted by the Irish Society for Women in Economics, and on Brexit).

Day 2: John Fitzgerald (Trinity College Dublin), Dawn Holland (National Institute of Economic and Social Research) and Martina Lawless (Economic and Social Research Institute – ESRI)

Topic: ‘The long-term economic effects of Brexit: what we know and what we don’t yet know’


Three prizes were also awarded as follows:

  • Novartis Prize for Best Health Economics Paper: Edward Henry and John Cullinan (NUI Galway) for their paper ‘Mental health spillovers from serious family illness: doubly robust estimation using EQ-5D-5L population normative data’
  • Denis Conniffe Prize for Best Young Economist Paper: Diego Zambiasi (University College Dublin)  for his paper ‘ Drugs on the web, crime in the streets the impact of Dark Web marketplaces on street crime’
  • Brendan Walsh Prize for Best Paper published in the Economic and Social Review in 2020: Judith Delaney and Paul Devereux for their paper ‘How Gender and Prior Disadvantage Predict Performance in College.


On behalf of the Irish Economic Association, a big thank you to all for attending and contributing.

Carol Newman, Davide Romelli and Michael Wycherley