Fergal McCANN

Head of Function, Macro-Financial Division,

Central Bank of Ireland.

Welcome to my home page!!

I am head of function in the Macro-Financial Division of the Financial Stability Directorate of the Central Bank of Ireland, with responsibility for a team of twelve professional economists. I lead this team in producing research and policy analysis, stress test models, usable databases, internal committee papers, external-facing Bank publications and peer-reviewed publications on topics pertinent to the domestic financial system and financial stability. I am the editor of the Bank’s Financial Stability Notes series.

My research crosses the areas of empirical banking, household finance, financial stability and macroprudential policy. An overarching theme that runs through my entire research agenda is the importance of using detailed micro data to assess the way banks make lending decisions, the way borrowers make borrowing decisions, and the way in which both groups react to economic developments and policy interventions. In all of the above, a primary motivation of mine has been to present research findings that can lead to better policy decision making to improve the smooth functioning and stability of the financial system, with a recent focus on decisions within central banks’ policy remit. Here I will highlight some recent examples from current works in progress. 

In my spare time, I teach Banking and Financial Institutions to MSc Finance students at the UCD Michael Smurfit Business School.

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