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Dr. Aidan Kane BA (Mod.) PhD
| Dr Aidan Kane is a lecturer in economics at NUI Galway. His BA and PhD are from the University of Dublin, Trinity College.
His research interests are principally in Irish economic history, and in particular, the construction of historical datasets, mainly related to Irish public finance, from the 18th century to the present, and on Ireland's 18th century international trade, using a range of web, programming, and relational database technologies. He is currently pursuing a particular interest in the application of open linked data technologies to economic history data.
He also has an interest in the political economy of innovation policy in Ireland, having served as director of the University's Centre for Innovation and Structural Change (CISC) from 2002 to 2006. (CISC is now titled the Whitaker Institute).
He principally teaches Irish economic history, Ireand's economy in a global context, introductory macroeconomics, at undergraduate level, and he supervises students in respect of final year projects, theses/placements in taught postgraduate programmes, and at PhD level. Dr Kane is programme director of the Higher Diploma in Economic Science at NUI Galway and is director of undergraduate studies in economics within the department.
Find out more about his work on Irish economic history data:
Duanaire is building a unique repository of Irish economic history data. At present, the focus is on 18th century Irish fiscal data, and major project is also underway to digitise and capture an extensive dataset on Ireland's international trade. Duanaire has been underway as 'a proof of concept' for some time, and was formally launched in April 2015. Duanaire is led by Dr Aidan Kane and involves a close collaboration between three partners within NUI Galway: the James Hardiman Library, the Whitaker Institute, and the Moore Institute
| Keywords: economic history, Irish economic history, fiscal history, economic history data management.
My research interests are principally in Irish economic history, and in particular, the construction of historical datasets, mainly related to Irish public finance, from the 18th century to the present, using a range of web, programming, and relational database technologies. These include Perl, MySQL, and php, as well as the use of OCR technologies for data capture. Current projects are focussed on a major dataset on Ireland's international trade in the 18th century, and on the application of linked data technologies to economic history data.
I also have an interest in the political economy of innovation policy in Ireland, having served as director of the University's Centre for Innovation and Structural Change (CISC) from 2002 to 2006. (CISC is now titled the Whitaker Institute
Project: Customs 15 ( RNR1282)
Start/End Dates: 01-JAN-15 / 31-DEC-16
Project: Duanaire ( RNR1283)
Start/End Dates: 01-JAN-15 / 31-DEC-16
Peer Reviewed Journals
|Kane, A. (1999) 'Innovation Policy in Ireland: Economic Ideas and Institutional Diversity'. Journal of the Statistical and Social Inquiry Society of Ireland, 28 :115-126. [Details]|
|Kane, A. (1995) 'Public Expenditure: Trends and Prospects'. Irish Banking Review, . [Details]|
|Kane, A. (1994) 'Irish Property Rights: A Public Choice Perspective'. Studies, . [Details]|
|Kane, Aidan J; Walsh, Patrick A; Magennis, Eoin (2015) 'Ireland 1689-1829' Revue de OFCE 139 :1-5. [Details]|
|Kane, A. (2001) Indicators and Evaluation for Science, Technology and Innovation.. Dublin: Irish Council for Science Technology and Innovation. Working Paper [Details]|
|Kane, A. (2001) Rationales for Science, Technology and Innovation Policy in Ireland.. Dublin: Working Paper for Irish Council for Science, Technology and Innovation. Working Paper [Details]|
|Kane, A. (2001) Irish Membership of CERN: an economic evaluation.. Dublin: Report for the Department of Public Enterprise. Working Paper [Details]|
|Kane, A. (1997) Into EMU without the UK: managing the consequences.. Galway Chamber of Commerce and Industry. Working Paper [Details]|
|Kane, A. (1996) Monetary Union and Optimal Currency Areas.. Poitiers: Paper for Erasmus Intensive Course. Working Paper [Details]|
|Kane, A. (1995) Fiscal aggregates for the Irish central government since 1922. Dublin Economics Workshop. Working Paper [Details]|
|Kane, A. (1995) Accounting for Government: the Irish Case.. Foundation for Fiscal Studies. Working Paper [Details]|
|Kane, A. (1993) Reform in Irish Public Financial Procedures. Foundation for Fiscal Studies. Working Paper [Details]|
|Kane, A. (2009) Database of Irish central and local government expenditure and revenue 1922/23 to 1963/64, c80,000 items, 2006-2009. Database [Details]|
|Kane, A. (2010) Database of finances of Grand Jurys of Ireland c. 1775 to 1898 c60,000 items, 2010. Database [Details]|
|Kane, A. (2011) Database of detailed components of Irish public debt of central and local government 1922/23 to 1990 c12,000 items, 2011. Database [Details]|
|Kane, A. (2011) Database of revenues of Ireland 1688-1799 c7,000 items, 2011. Database [Details]|
|Kane, Aidan J (2013) Commentary on Sorenson on Geography and sustainable systems. Discussion [Details]|
Honours and Awards
| Year: 1999.
Title: Barrington Medal
|Committee : Editorial advisory board, for Administration, IPA, Dublin|
|Committee : Archives group, NUI Galway|
|I teach a range of undergraduate and postgraduate modules, including a principles course in macroeconomics for first years, an Irish economic history module for final arts undergraduates, a module on the contemporary Irish economy in a global context for final year arts undergraduates, and a research paper module for postgraduate economics students, along with continuing supervision of final year projects, masters thesis, and PhD theses.|
|Thomas McDonnell (PhD.) completed 2013|
Current Postgraduate Students
|Francis Conlan, Doctorate - Ph.D.(Arts) - Supervisor|
|James Curtin, Doctorate - Ph.D. (Commerce) - Supervisor|
|2014/2015 EC141 : Principles of Macroeconomics|
|2014/2015 EC415 : Research Paper I|
|2014/2015 EC416 : Research Paper II|
|2014/2015 EC427 : Ireland, Europe, and the Global Economy|
|2014/2015 EC207 : Irish Economic History|
|Working actively with Patrick A Walsh (UCD School of History and Archives) and Eoin Magennis (InterTrade Ireland), both historians with specialisms in 19th century Ireland on a database project and study of Ireland's international trade in the 18th century, and with Peter M. Solar, Free University of Brussels, on a database and study of British and Irish steamships in the first half of the 19th century.|