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David Madden

Full Professor
School of Economics
01 716 8396
University College Dublin, School of Economics, Newman Building Belfield Dublin 4

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I am currently Professor of Economics at University College Dublin. I have worked at UCD since 1991. I previously worked at AIB Investment Managers, Davy Stockbrokers, the Central Bank of Ireland, the Ministry of Health, Kaduna, Nigeria, NUI Maynooth and the ESRI. My research interests have developed over the years but public policy has been a constant theme. My PhD thesis was in the area of tax reform, including how such reforms are sensitive to concerns about income distribution and inequality. This then developed into more formal analysis of inequality and poverty in Ireland. I have had a growing interest in health economics since the early 2000s, looking at smoking first of all and then looking at other public health issues, in particular obesity. Combining my interests in inequality and public policy I have investigated the socioeconomic gradient of obesity and also have drawn on my tax experience to see how taxation might be used as a public policy with respect to obesity. More recently I have also begun to investigate inequalities in early stage educational outcomes and also the link between education and health. Most recently I have returned to my earlier interests in income distribution and I am trying to put together historical information on income inequality in Ireland. Current research only provides information in the form of Gini coefficients back to 1987. I hope to extend this information back to the 1950s and 1960s.


  • Lecturer in Economics
    University College Dublin, University College Dublin, Dublin 4, Ireland1 Oct 1991
  • Lecturer in Economics
    National University of Ireland, Maynooth, Maynooth, Ireland1 Oct 1986 - 30 Sep 1987
  • Research Assistant
    Economic and Social Research Institute, Ireland1 Oct 1982 - 30 Sep 1984


  • Senior Economist
    AIB Investment Managers1 Nov 1989 - 30 Sep 1991
  • Economist
    J and E Davy, Stockbrokers1 Jun 1989 - 30 Sep 1989
  • Economist
    Central Bank of Ireland1 Jul 1988 - 31 May 1989
  • Medical Statistician
    Ministry of Health1 Oct 1987 - 30 Jun 1988


  • BA
    University College Dublin
  • MA
    University College Dublin
  • MPhil
    Oxford University UK
  • PhD
    University College Dublin