Economics Alive 2016



Economics Alive 2016



Welcome to the Economics Alive 2016 resource page


Here you will find all the presentations from the PDST Economics Alive 2016 Seminar.  If you are unable to attend the conference, please feel free to view the presentations by clicking on the relevant links below.  You can also follow #econalive2016 and #lceconomics on Twitter.




Time Content Speaker
09.00 - 09.30 Registration  
09.30 - 09.40 Welcome and updates Caroline McHale
09.40 - 10.00 Resources for teaching and learning in Economics Rachel Farrell
10.00 - 10.45 Keynes, the Great Depression and the emergence of Macro Economics Dr. Brian O'Boyle
10.45 - 11.15 Coffee and networking  
11.15 - 11.45 Ideas for teaching the role of government in the Economy Sinead Lawlor
11.45 - 12.10 Finding, selecting and curating information for Economics Siobhan O'Sullivan
12.10 - 12.30 Team teaching Economics with your P.M.E. student teacher Will Donnelly
12.30 - 12.45 Presentations from the Young Economist of the Year 2015/2016 Finalists YEOTY Finalists
12.45 - 13.00 Launch of the Young Economist of the Year 2016/2017 Professor Rowena Pecchenino
13.00 - 14.00 Lunch and networking  
14.00 - 14.30 Updates on the Irish Economy Susan Hayes
14.30 - 15.15 Brexit and the implications for Ireland and the European Union Dr. Brian O'Boyle
15.15 - 15.30 Economics Alive TeachMeet  


Resources for Teaching and Learning Economics - Rachel Farrell, Deputy Director, PDST




Dr. Brian O'Boyle Presentations

Brian O'Boyle Economics Alive Conference part 1 from PDST on Vimeo.

Brian O'Boyle Economics Alive Conference part 2 from PDST on Vimeo.






Young Economists of the Year 2015/2016 Finalists

Congratulations to Mark Glynn and Cian Buckley  from Patrician Secondary School, Newbridge, Co.Kildare who were awarded 1st place in the Transition Year YEOTY 2016 awards category with their entry titled: Is social media an addictive good?  Congratulations also to their teacher Barry Moriarty for the time, dedication and effort put into assisting Mark and Cian with this project.


Feedback from Judges


This is a very interesting project that combines economic theory with empirical analysis. For empirical economic research to be informative it needs to be grounded in a firm understanding of the economic theory underlying behaviour. This project uses the economic concept of price elasticity to distinguish between addictive and non-addictive goods. Guided by the insights provided by the theory the researchers carry out an empirical analysis, based on primary data, to determine the extent to which social media can be classified as an addictive good. The use of cinema tickets as a comparison good is a nice illustration of the role of control groups when drawing inferences in economics.

Congratulations to Amal Mutahir and Rachel O’Connor from Loreto College, Mullingar who were awarded 2nd place in the Senior Cycle YEOTY 2016 awards category with their entry titled:  "Game theory analysis of the migrant crisis". Congratulations also to Amal and Rachel's teacher Neil Garry for the time, dedication and effort put into assisting Amal and Rachel with this project.


Feedback from Judges


When analysing economic behaviour economists recognise that the decision of an agent can be influenced by how their rivals respond to this behaviour. This strategic interaction can often lead rational agents to behave in ways that appear contrary to their best interests. This project uses game theory, a set of tools used by economists to understand strategic behaviour, to help understand how strategic interactions between countries might affect national policies on migrant entrance. The application of game theory and the acknowledgement of strategic interaction in behaviour clearly illustrates why national policy cannot be considered in isolation and how coordinated policies can potentially lead to welfare gains for all. 


Please follow this link to find out more about  Amal and Rachel's award winning entry.