Colm McCarthy is a graduate in Economics of University College Dublin and of the University of Essex. He has worked at the Economic and Social Research Institute in Dublin, the Central Bank of Ireland, with the economic consulting firm DKM, and has taught at the University of Salford, the University of Essex, Dubrovnik International University and at University College Dublin.
He has served on the boards of the Electricity Supply Board, the Irish Gas Board and is currently a member of the Dublin Airport Authority. He chaired the Irish government’s public spending review in 2009. He has also undertaken consulting assignments for the EU Commission and for the World Bank. He has published over 40 technical articles on issues in applied economics in Irish and international journals, including the Economic Journal, the Journal of the Royal Statistical Society, and the European Economic Review.