Tom McDonnell: A couple of quick links
Daniel Gros sets the scene for the Euro zone in this New Year's post. 2012 looks to be a critical and memorable year in the Euro debt crisis. Hopefully lessons have been learned. According to Gros:
" The resources are there. Europe (just) needs the political will to mobilize them."
I agree. Though I have no confidence in the political decision makers on whom we depend.
Meanwhile Charles Wyplocz offers some solutions and considers here whether official policy making, including that of the ECB, is captured by special interest groups.
Tom McDonnell is senior economist at the NERI and is responsible for among other things, NERI's analysis of the Republic of Ireland economy including risks, trends and forecasts. He specialises in economic growth theory, the economics of innovation, the Irish and European economies, and fiscal policy. He previously worked as an economist at TASC and before that was a lecturer in economics at NUI Galway and at DCU. He has also taught at Maynooth University.
Tom obtained his PhD in economics from NUI Galway.