Current Funding: John and Pat Hume Scholarship
Biography: From Co. Longford. Has studied in Maynooth for eight years, through undergrad, Masters and PhD
Thesis Title: Open vs Concealed Carry: A Game Theoretical Analysis
Supervisor: Dr. Tuvana Pastine
Abstract: The thesis uses a game theoretical approach to analyse the effects of open and concealed
carry of handgun laws in the USA. Assuming the existence of a deterrence effect, and a
benefit to carrying a weapon if attacked, the results of the model show that with homogenous
agents, open carry leads to better results than concealed carry, with less crimes committed.
When accounting for heterogeneity of agents in preferences for open carry weapons, the result
depends on the public’s attitude towards the carrying of firearms in public.
Biography: Laurence is a graduate of Trinity College Dublin, where he completed an MSc (Econ). Laurence is a Director and Shareholder in a number of small businesses in Ireland and UK – mostly technology related.
Thesis Title: Concepts of ‘Self’ in Economics – Origin, Loss and Rediscovery within the Economics Discipline
Supervisor: Prof Rowena Pecchenino / Dr. Susan Gottlöber (Philosophy Department)
Abstract: Within the emerging sub-discipline of ‘Philosophy of Economics’ this thesis seeks to examine how the Bergsonian concept of ‘Intuition’ might have relevance to the Economic discipline generally, and more specifically, to Rational Choice Theory.
Biography: Paul Morrin is Assistant Director General at the Central Statistics Office of Ireland with responsibility for Statistical System Co-ordination. He has responsibility for the development and implementation of standards across the Irish Statistical System (ISS) and also has the co-ordination role within CSO for the ISS.
Thesis Title: Life-Cycle Inequality in Income and Consumption
Supervisors: Prof. Donal O'Neill, Dr. Aedin Doris and Dr. Olive Sweetman