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28 July 2020

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St Hugh’s hosts its first virtual lecture with Professor Michael McMahon

We were delighted to welcome over 170 alumni and friends to virtually join us as Professor Michael McMahon, Professor of Economics at the University of Oxford and a Senior Research Fellow at St Hugh’s College, delivered a fascinating lecture, ‘Covid and the Economy’.

In his talk Michael discussed the possible effects of Covid-19 on the economy, how policy might best respond, and what the implications of that response will be for key economic policies going forward as well as answering questions from guests.

If you would like to watch the virtual lecture please click here.

Michael McMahon is a Professor of Economics at the University of Oxford and a Tutorial Fellow at St Hugh’s College.

He is interested in most topics related to macroeconomic policy but particularly monetary policy (especially communication issues), fiscal policy, business cycles, and inventory behaviour. His research has been published in many journals including the Quarterly Journal of Economics, Review of Economic Studies, Journal of Monetary Economics, Review of Economics and Statistics and the Journal of International Economics.

He holds a European Research Council grant to study a number of aspects of monetary economics focusing on communication and monetary policy.

Professor McMahon is a member of the Irish Fiscal Advisory Council and a research fellow of the Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR). He is co-director, with Christine Graeff of the European Central Bank, of the CEPR Research Policy Network (RPN) on Central Bank Communication. He sits on the Royal Economic Society’s (RES) Executive Committee and he is the Conference Secretary in charge of the strategic organisation of the RES Annual Conference. In addition, he is affiliated with LSE’s Centre for Macroeconomics. Previously he served as Director of Impact at the Centre for Competitive Advantage in the Global Economy (CAGE), and as Treasurer of the Money Macro and Finance Society (MMF) research group; and he was formerly an Economics Network advisory board member.

He is a founding lead editor of the ESRC-funded the Economics Observatory website which focuses on explaining issues related to the effects of Covid-19 on the UK economy: https://www.coronavirusandtheeconomy.com/

He holds an undergraduate degree from Trinity College Dublin, and MSc, MRes, and PhD degrees from London School of Economics and Political Science.

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