Eoin Drea joined the Centre in January 2014. He is an Economist and Economic Historian with research expertise in the areas of European Monetary Union, central banking, the political economy of European integration and the development of banking structures in the twentieth century.
He holds a PhD in Economic History from University College Cork, Ireland on the development of the Anglo-Irish banking system. Prior to undertaking his PhD, Eoin gained over six years’ experience as a private sector economist. In addition, he interned under Professor Lars Jonung in the Economic Research Unit of the Directorate General for Economic and Financial Affairs (DG ECFIN) in the European Commission in Brussels.
Eoin’s academic publications span the areas of economics, history and politics. In 2009-10 he co-authored (along with Professor Jonung) two major papers examining the attitudes of United States (U.S.) economists to EMU and the Euro between 1989 and 2002. Published by both the European Commission and Econ Journal Watch these papers are widely cited among economists and form an important element of wider debates on the Euro. Further research, based on his PhD research have been published in both Business History and the Financial History Review.