University College Dublin, Ireland
IZA World of Labor role
Professor, School of Economics, University College Dublin
Public policy, particularly in the areas of health economics and income distribution
Positions/functions as a policy advisor
Advisor, Department of Health, Health Impact Assessment Group on Taxation of Sugar Sweetened Beverages
PhD Economics, University College Dublin, 1995
“Health and wealth on the roller-coaster: Ireland, 2003–2011.” Social Indicators Research 121:2 (2015): 387–412.
“The poverty effects of a ‘fat-tax' in Ireland.” Health Economics 24 (2015): 104–121.
“Dominance and the measurement of inequality.” In: Culyer, A. J. (ed.). Encyclopedia of Health Economics. London: Elsevier, 2014.
“A profile of obesity in Ireland, 2002–2007.” Journal of the Royal Statistical Society Series A-Statistics in Society 175:4 (2012): 893–914.
It is difficult to find consistent evidence that schooling reforms provide health benefitsDavid Madden, October 2016A statistical association between more education and better health outcomes has long been observed, but in the absence of experimental data researchers have struggled to find a causal effect. Schooling reforms such as raising school leaving age, which have been enacted in many countries, can be viewed as a form of natural experiment and provide a possible method of identifying such an effect. However, the balance of evidence so far is that these reforms have had little impact on long-term health. Thus, policymakers should be cautious before anticipating a health effect when introducing reforms of this nature.MoreLess