Assistant Professor of Economics and Political Science
Cormac O’Dea is a public economist whose research focuses on how government policies affect household consumption, saving, and labor supply decisions. His current work investigates the implications of how Social Security is designed for household behavior and well-being. Other ongoing research studies the mechanisms through which inequality is transmitted across generations. His writings have appeared in The Economic Journal, Oxford Economic Papers, and Journal of Population Economics, among others. He was a postdoc at the Cowles Foundation through the 2017-18 academic year. He also worked at the Institute for Fiscal Studies in London while completing his Ph.D. in Economics at University College London. He holds an M.Phil. in Economics from the University of Cambridge and a B.A. in Economics from Trinity College, Dublin.