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Economist, Trinity College Dublin. Dad of 3, husband of 1. Researching housing, cities, history. Also fond of books, beer, Liverpool and Leinster. (he/him)
Dec 14, 2021 20 tweets 6 min read
🚨What are the long-run effects of social housing? I have a piece in @thecurrency today on my latest working paper, joint with @alandebromhead, on this question - specifically how social housing can affect the spread of the population. (1/20)

#EconTwitter (2/20) In our new paper, @alandebromhead and I examine this issue using the world's first large-scale rural public housing scheme, the Labourers Acts cottages in Ireland.
Aug 21, 2020 13 tweets 5 min read
Delighted to share on @thecurrency the results of some of my research over the last few yrs on Irish housing prices since WW2. The paper on which it's based is forthcoming in the Journal of Real Estate Finance & Economics (h/t @ThiesLindenthal). Here are the highlights... (1/12) Housing is central to the broader economy, as highlighted by the Great Recession of 2007–2009. Yet, perhaps to the surprise of non-specialists, few reliable long-run series exist for sale and rental prices of housing, not just in Ireland but anywhere - incl the USA. (2/12)
Mar 22, 2019 7 tweets 2 min read
As someone fond of Britain - home to some of the world's most famous cultural, educational and sporting institutions - the omni-shambles that is Brexit makes me wonder what on earth it did in a past life to deserve this.

*open history books*
OK, apart from (deep breath)... The massacres at Allahabad, Kanpur and Malerkotla, and at Ventersburg and Louis Trichardt, not forgetting the Boer Concentration Camps, then there's the chemicals weapon usage in WW1 I suppose, and of course the Baralong incidents, the Jallianwala Bagh/Amritsar massacre....
Aug 14, 2018 19 tweets 4 min read
On Sunday, I was the focus of a small group of not-very-bright racists (NVBRs), who decided housing was going to be their new angle for their anti-foreigner bile. It gave me a window into Twitter mobs and their strategies and also into how they think. (A thread) In total, there were about 20-25 different accounts over the course of the day (and a trickle since) but it is reasonable to conclude from their behaviour that there is a mix of paid trolls (Clintons! Soros!), sock puppets and perhaps a small handful of real people.
Apr 24, 2018 14 tweets 4 min read
"Abortion is murder." Except it's not. On the day #men4yes has taken off, a thread about probably the key issue at the heart of the debate on the #8thAmendment and effectively the only argument #VoteNo have: that abortion is murder. In particular, this thread is an attempt to reach out to those who either are going to #voteno or those who are leaning that way, because - if in doubt about whether abortion is murder - it may seem safer to err on the side of caution.