Dr Conor O’Toole is an Associate Research Professor at the Economic and Social Research Institute. He previously held the position of Manager – Real-Financial Linkages Team and Senior Economist at the Financial Stability Division of the Central Bank of Ireland. At the Central Bank of Ireland, Conor worked extensively on macroprudential policy issues with specific focus on the mortgage market. He also worked on broader issues regarding the surveillance of household and corporate financing vulnerabilities.
Before joining the Central Bank, Conor worked as a postdoctoral research fellow in the ESRI and as an economist for IBM’s Global Centre for Economic Analysis, London Economics and Indecon Economic Consultants. He also worked as a PhD researcher at the United Nations University —World Institute for Development Economics Research (UNU-WIDER) in Helsinki, Finland. He holds a PhD in Economics from Trinity College Dublin. Conor’s main research expertise is in household finance, macroprudential policies in the housing market as well as access to finance and the financing of small-and medium-sized enterprises.
In his current role, Conor will have responsibility for research on housing and household financing, enterprise development and corporate finance and banking. This will include research on access to finance issues and understanding financial vulnerabilities. He will also contribute to the ESRI’s macroeconomic forecasting group as a contributing author to the Quarterly Economic Commentary.