Dr Jason Harold

Lecturer in Economics

J.E. Cairnes School of Business and Economics, University of Galway

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Dr Jason Harold

Jason is a member of the Centre for Economic Research on Inclusivity and Sustainability who aim to conduct high quality economic research that helps to develop a more inclusive society and sustainable environment for all. His teaching includes introducing students to current methodologies and techniques in financial econometrics, time series analysis and financial data analytics.

Jason's work has contributed internationally to 11 public policy documents (source Overton).

Jason's work contributes to these SDGs

SDG 1,4,5,7,8,9,10,11,12,17

Jason with colleagues at the Economic and Social Research Institute (ESRI), was awarded €812,406 in Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI) funding for their project entitled: ‘Maximising the Flexibility of Energy Consumption in Ireland (FlexECon)’.

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Key Target 7.3 - Double the improvement in energy efficiency



EC5116 Global Issues in Agricultural, Marine and Renewable Energy Economics Lecture on Energy Demand Side Management. This module applies economic theory and models to understand and evaluate a wide range of problems and issues related to agriculture, marine and renewable energy. This course focuses on contemporary issues and topics will vary from year to year. The course has a global emphasis using case studies and material from both developed and developing countries.

Contributing to Targets 7.1 - Universal access to modern energy; 7.2 - Increase global percentage of renewable energy; 7.3 - Double the improvement in energy efficiency

EC2101 Macroeconomics and the Business Environment This is an intermediate macroeconomics module dealing with the theory and practice of macroeconomics.  It builds upon the concepts and principles covered in the principles of macroeconomics.  The objective of the module is to understand the core models in short-run macroeconomic theory and to learn how these theories can be applied to the business environment and various short-run policy issues, both domestically (Ireland) and in an international (EU/eurozone) setting.

Contributing toTarget 8.1 - Sustainable economic growth, 8.2 - Diversify, innovate and upgrade for economic productivity and 8.4 - Improve resource efficiency in consumption and productio


Jason was based at the Economic & Social Research Institute ESRI from June 2017 to August 2018 in the Collaborative Research of Decentralisation, Electrification, Communications and Economics (CREDENCE). He has worked as a visiting research scholar in the Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics at the University of California, Berkeley.

Direct impact SDG Targets

1.1 - Eradicate extreme poverty

1.3 - Implement social protection systems

1.4 - Equal rights to ownership, basic services, technology and economic resources

4.4 - Increase the number of people with relevant skills for financial success

5.5 - Ensure full participation in leadership and decision-making

7.1 - Universal access to modern energy

7.2 - Increase global percentage of renewable energy

7.3 - Double the improvement in energy efficiency

7.A - Promote access to research, technology and investments in clean energy

7.B - Expand and upgrade energy services for developing countries

8.1 - Sustainable economic growth

8.2 - Diversify, innovate and upgrade for economic productivity

8.4 - Improve resource efficiency in consumption and production

9.3 - Increase access to financial services and markets

9.C - Universal access to information and communications technology

10.1 - Reduce income inequalities

11.1 - Safe and affordable housing

11.2 - Affordable and sustainable transport systems

11.3 - Inclusive and sustainable urbanization

11.7 - Provide access to safe and inclusive green and public spaces

12.1 - Implement the 10-year Sustainable Consumption and Production Framework

12.C - Remove market distortions that encourage wasteful consumption

17.8 - Strengthen the science, technology and innovation capacity for least developed countries

17.18 - Enhance availability of reliable data


5.A - Equal rights to economic resources, property ownership and financial services

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Featured Publications



McHale, J., Harold, J., Mei, J.C., Sasidharan, A. and Yadav, A., 2023. Stars as catalysts: an event-study analysis of the impact of star-scientist recruitment on local research performance in a small open economy. Journal of Economic Geography, 23(2), pp.343-369.

SDG 9.5; 10.7, 11.3, 17.6

Cullinan, J., Flannery, D., Harold, J. and 2 more (...) (2021). The disconnected: COVID-19 and disparities in access to quality broadband for higher education students. International Journal of Educational Technology in Higher Education,18(1) 


Curtis, J., Grilli, G., Brazil, W. and 1 more (...) (2020). Why do preferences for electricity services differ? Domestic appliance curtailment contracts in Ireland. Energy Research and Social Science,69

SDG 12

Harold, J., Bertsch, V., Lawrence, T. and 1 more (...) (2021). Drivers of people’s preferences for spatial proximity to energy infrastructure technologies: A cross-country analysis. Energy Journal,42(4) 47-90

SDG 7| SDG 9

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