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Economics

The Economics Working Group assesses the economics domain within TILDA. It is led by Anne Nolan (TILDA Research Director) and currently comprises three full-time researchers: Irene Mosca, Patrick Moore and Yuanyuan Ma.

Irene Mosca joined the TILDA team in 2010 and since then she has been working on a number of papers focusing on: the impact of obesity on employment opportunities; socioeconomic gradient in self-reported and objective health measures; (return) migration and mental health; (return) migration and social isolation and loneliness; the impact of increasing the State Pension Age and the economic recession on retirement expectations; and patterns of "don't knows" in response to pensions-related questions. At present, she is funded by an HRB’s Interdisciplinary Capacity Enhancement (ICE) award aimed at investigating issues relating to labour market and financial outcomes and mental health.

As part of the HRB's Interdisciplinary Capacity Enhancement awards, Patrick Moore is using data from TILDA to examine the economic burden of cardiovascular disease. Despite improvements in the last two decades, cardiovascular disease remains a major cause of morbidity and mortality in Ireland. Understanding the economic burden associated with the disease will help policy makers to target cost effective policies and make the best use of available resources. TILDA is uniquely placed to examine this issue for older people with the variety of data collected across the domains of economics, health and social care. Patrick is also examining the characteristics of generic medication users, the prevalence of generic use across various medication groups and how we can develop policies to target increased generic use. Generic medications provide the same level of medication intervention but usually at a lower cost.

Yuanyuan Ma joined TILDA in June 2014. Prior to this, she worked as Teaching Fellow in the School of Economics, University College Dublin. She holds a PhD in Economics from University College Dublin, a M.Sc. in Economics from Wuhan University, a BSc in Economics and a BA in International Relations from Wuhan University. Her fields of research are in Labour Economics, Development Economics, Industrial Organisation and Applied Microeconometrics. She is also an IZA Research Affiliate.

Sanna Nikovski is also a member of TILDA Economics Working Group. She is a Ph.D. student in the Department of Economics, Trinity College Dublin and is supervised by Professor Alan Barrett. Her research is based on TILDA data and focuses on saving for retirement and retirement decision behaviour at the individual and household level in Ireland. Her first thesis paper examines the levels and compositions of Irish retirees’ pension incomes, and investigates the factors that affect the probability of a retired individual receiving income from a supplementary pension, over and above state welfare pensions. Her second and third thesis papers estimate the effect of subjective survival probability on wealth, and investigate transfers to children and bequests in older Irish households.