Prof Eoin Mclaughlin



University College Cork
Cork University Business School

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I am a Professor of Economics at University College Cork and an affiliated PI with the Environmental Research Institute. Prior to my arrival at UCC I was a Lecturer in Environmental Economics at the University of St. Andrews and held a Leverhulme Early Career Fellowship at the University of St Andrews and  the University of Edinburgh. 

My research interests are in economic history and environmental economics. Full details of current projects are available at my website and details of publications and working papers at RePEcGoogle Scholar, and Orchid.


Grants and Honours

  • 01/06/2021 - The entrepreneurs who made Glasgow: the city and its businesses, 1861–1901, Leverhulme Trust
  • 01/09/2020 - Genuine Savings as a measure of sustainable development. Towards a GDP replacement., Riksbankens Jubileumsfond
  • 15/07/2020 - Best Sustainable Development Research Article 2019, International Sustainable Development Research Society
  • 01/09/2016 - Economic History Association, Arthur H. Cole Grants in Aid, Economic History Association
  • 01/09/2016 - Rethinking the economic take-off of Denmark, Danish Council for Independent Research
  • 01/09/2015 - Carnevali Small Research Grants Scheme, Economic History Society
  • 01/01/2013 - Early Career Fellowship, Leverhulme Trust
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Other Activities

  • 05/04/2019 - Economic History Society
  • 30/11/2018 - Economic and Social History Society of Ireland
  • 01/08/2018 - World Economic History Congress
  • 02/11/2017 - Economic growth, inequality and finance in historical perspective workshop
  • 20/06/2016 - INET Wealth Conference
  • 24/06/2015 - European Association of Environmental and Resource Economics
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Research Domains

  • Economic History
  • Environmental Economics
  • Development Economics
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Journal article

Year Publication
2019 MCLAUGHLIN, E., SHARP, P. (2019). Competition between organisational forms in Danish and Irish dairying around the turn of the twentieth century 1. Business History. doi:10.1080/00076791.2019.1575366. Details
2019 MILLAR, N., MCLAUGHLIN, E., BÖRGER, T. (2019). The Circular Economy: Swings and Roundabouts? Ecological Economics. doi:10.1016/j.ecolecon.2018.12.012. Details
2018 QASIM, M., OXLEY, L., MCLAUGHLIN, E. (2018). Genuine savings as a test of New Zealand weak sustainability. Environment, Development and Sustainability. doi:10.1007/s10668-018-0185-0. Details
2017 GREASLEY, D., MCLAUGHLIN, E., HANLEY, N., OXLEY, L. (2017). Australia: a land of missed opportunities? Environment and Development Economics. doi:10.1017/S1355770X17000110. Details
2014 MCLAUGHLIN, E., HANLEY, N., GREASLEY, D., KUNNAS, J., OXLEY, L., WARDE, P. (2014). Historical wealth accounts for Britain: Progress and puzzles in measuring the sustainability of economic growth. Oxford Review of Economic Policy. doi:10.1093/oxrep/gru002. Details
2017 BADIUZZAMAN, P., MCLAUGHLIN, E., MCCAULEY, D. (2017). Substituting freshwater: Can ocean desalination and water recycling capacities substitute for groundwater depletion in California? Journal of Environmental Management. doi:10.1016/j.jenvman.2017.06.051. Details
2016 BLUM, M., COLVIN, C. L., MCATACKNEY, L., MCLAUGHLIN, E. (2016). Women of an uncertain age: quantifying human capital accumulation in rural Ireland in the nineteenth century†. The Economic History Review: a journal of economic and social history. doi:10.1111/ehr.12333. Details
2016 FOLEY-FISHER, N., MCLAUGHLIN, E. (2016). Capitalising on the Irish land question: Land reform and state banking in Ireland, 1891-1938. Financial History Review. doi:10.1017/S0968565016000019. Details
2015 HANLEY, N., OXLEY, L., GREASLEY, D., MCLAUGHLIN, E., BLUM, M. (2015). Empirical Testing of Genuine Savings as an Indicator of Weak Sustainability: A Three-Country Analysis of Long-Run Trends. Environmental and Resource Economics. doi:10.1007/s10640-015-9928-7. Details
2016 FOLEY-FISHER, N., MCLAUGHLIN, E. (2016). Sovereign debt guarantees and default: Lessons from the UK and Ireland, 1920-1938. European Economic Review. doi:10.1016/j.euroecorev.2016.05.010. Details
2015 MCLAUGHLIN, E. (2015). Writing the Economic History of Ireland since Independence. Irish Economic and Social History.
2015 MCLAUGHLIN, E. (2015). Competing forms of cooperation? Land League, Land War and cooperation in Ireland, 1879 to 1914. Agricultural History Review.
2015 HENRIKSEN, I., MCLAUGHLIN, E., SHARP, P. (2015). Contracts and cooperation: The relative failure of the Irish dairy industry in the late nineteenth century reconsidered. European Review of Economic History. doi:10.1093/ereh/hev012. Details
2015 HANLEY, N., DUPUY, L., MCLAUGHLIN, E. (2015). Genuine savings and sustainability. Journal of Economic Surveys. doi:10.1111/joes.12120. Details
2014 MCLAUGHLIN, E. (2014). 'Profligacy in the encouragement of thrift': Savings banks in Ireland, 1817-1914. Business History. doi:10.1080/00076791.2013.837887. Details
2014 KUNNAS, J., MCLAUGHLIN, E., HANLEY, N., GREASLEY, D., OXLEY, L., WARDE, P. (2014). Counting carbon: historic emissions from fossil fuels, long-run measures of sustainable development and carbon debt. Scandinavian Economic History Review. doi:10.1080/03585522.2014.896284. Details
2013 C.L., C., COLVIN, C. L., MCLAUGHLIN, E. (2013). Raiffeisenism abroad: Why did German cooperative banking fail in Ireland but prosper in the Netherlands? The Economic History Review: a journal of economic and social history. doi:10.1111/1468-0289.12030. Details
2014 GREASLEY, D., HANLEY, N., KUNNAS, J., MCLAUGHLIN, E., OXLEY, L., WARDE, P. (2014). Testing genuine savings as a forward-looking indicator of future well-being over the (very) long-run. Journal of Environmental Economics and Management. doi:10.1016/j.jeem.2013.12.001. Details
2013 MCLAUGHLIN, E. (2013). A note on mutual savings and loan societies in nineteenth-century Ireland. Irish Economic and Social History. doi:10.7227/IESH.40.1.3. Details
2013 MCLAUGHLIN, E. (2013). An experiment in banking the poor: The Irish Mont-de-Piété, c. 1830-1850. Financial History Review. doi:10.1017/S0968565012000194. Details
2017 BLUM, M., MCLAUGHLIN, E., HANLEY, N. (2017). Accounting for Sustainable Development over the Long-Run: Lessons from Germany. German Economic Review. doi:10.1111/geer.12148. Details
2019 BLUM, M., MCLAUGHLIN, E. (2019). Living standards and inequality in the industrial revolution: Evidence from the height of University of Edinburgh students in the 1830s. Economics and Human Biology. doi:10.1016/j.ehb.2019.07.004. Details
2020 COLVIN, C. L., MCLAUGHLIN, E. (2020). Death, Demography and the Denominator: Age-Adjusted Influenza-18 Mortality in Ireland. Economics and Human Biology, 41, 100984. doi:10.1016/j.ehb.2021.100984. Details
2020 MCLAUGHLIN, E., COLVIN, C., BLUM, M. (2020). Anthropometric History: Revisiting What’s in it for Ireland. Irish Economic and Social History. doi:10.1177/0332489320913179. Details
2021 MCLAUGHLIN, E., PECCHENINO, R. (2021). Financial Inclusion with Hybrid Organizational Forms: Microfinance, Philanthropy, and the Poor Law in Ireland, c. 1836–1845. Enterprise and Society: the international journal of business and history, 23 (2). doi:10.1017/eso.2020.67. Details
2022 KENNY, S., MCLAUGHLIN, E. (2022). POLITICAL ECONOMY OF SECESSION: LESSONS FROM THE EARLY YEARS OF THE IRISH FREE STATE. National Institute Economic Review, 261, 48-78. doi:10.1017/nie.2022.27. Details
2023 SHARP, P., HENRIQUES, S., MCLAUGHLIN, E., TSOUKLI, X., VEDEL, C. (2023). A Microlevel Analysis of Danish Dairy Cooperatives: Opportunities for Large Data in Business History. Enterprise & Society. doi:10.1017/eso.2023.5. Details

Book chapter

Year Publication
2018 MCLAUGHLIN, E. (2018). Environment and Natural Resources. An Economist's Guide to Economic History. Palgrave Macmillan.
2017 MCLAUGHLIN, E. (2017). The Irish Revolution and its Aftermath: the economic dimension. Atlas of the Irish Revolution. Cork University Press.
2017 MCLAUGHLIN, E., DUCOING, C., M., B. (2017). A Sustainable Century? Genuine Savings in developing and developed countries, 1900-2000. National Wealth: What is Missing, Why it Matters. Oxford University Press. Details
2014 MCLAUGHLIN, E. (2014). Charitable loan fund Societies in Ireland, 1800-1914. Philanthropy in Nineteenth Century Ireland. Four Courts Press.


Year Publication
2009 MCLAUGHLIN, E. (2009). Microfinance institutions in nineteenth century Ireland (2 vols.).
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