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Dr. Irene Mosca

Visiting Research Fellow (Medical Gerontology)


Irene Mosca holds a PhD in Economics from the University of Strathclyde (Glasgow, UK). Since 2010, she has been working with The Irish Longitudinal Study on Ageing (TILDA), first as a post-doctoral researcher and then as a research fellow. Between 2014 and 2016, she was funded by an HRB's Interdisciplinary Capacity Enhancement (ICE) award aimed at investigating issues relating to labour market and financial outcomes and mental health. Within TILDA, Irene also coordinates the economics domain, chairs the socioeconomic research group and inputs into the development and piloting of the survey questionnaire. Irene has established a strong record of research and published articles in international peer-reviewed journals, including the Journal of Population Economics, the Journal of Economic Psychology, Economics Letters, Economics and Human Biology and the International Journal of Public Health. Irene's research has covered a wide range of topics, including: (return) migration and mental health; retirement and mental/cognitive health; obesity and employment; personality and wealth accumulation within couples; lack of knowledge of future pension benefits; socioeconomic gradient in self-reported and objective health measures; hypertension prevalence in Ireland and the US.
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Economic and Social Research Institute, Dublin, Ireland 2011 present
Schinkel-Ivy, A., Mosca, I. & Mansfield A., Factors Contributing to Unexpected Retirement and Unemployment in Adults Over 50 Years Old in Ireland, Gerontology and Geriatric Medicine, 2017, Journal Article, PUBLISHED
Mosca, I. & McCrory C. , Personality and Wealth Accumulation Among Older Couples: Do Dispositional Characteristics Pay Dividends? , Journal of Economic Psychology, 56, 2016, p1 - 19, Journal Article, PUBLISHED
Mosca, I. & Barrett, A. , The Impact of Adult Child Emigration on the Mental Health of Older Parents., Journal of Population Economics , 2016, p687 - 719, Journal Article, PUBLISHED
Mosca, I. & Barrett A. , The Impact of Voluntary and Involuntary Retirement on Mental Health: Evidence from Older Irish Adults, Journal of Mental Health Policy and Economics, 19, (1), 2016, p33 - 44, Journal Article, PUBLISHED
Mosca, I., & McCrory, C. , Personality and Wealth Accumulation Among Older Couples: Do Dispositional Characteristics Pay Dividends? , Journal of Economic Psychology, 56, 2016, p1 - 19, Journal Article, PUBLISHED  URL
Barrett, A., Mosca, I. & Whelan, B. , How Well-Informed are Pension Scheme Members on Their Future Pension Benefits? Evidence from Ireland, Journal of Aging & Social Policy , 2015, pDOI: 10.1080/08959420.2015.104 , Journal Article, PUBLISHED
Mosca, I. & Kenny, R.A, Investigating Cross-nationals Differences in Prevalence of Diagnosed, Measured and Undiagnosed Hypertension: the Case of Ireland and the US, International Journal of Public Health, , 2014, Notes: [DOI 10.1007/s00038-014-0573-7], Journal Article, PUBLISHED
Hudson, E., Madden, D. & Mosca, I, A Formal Investigation of Inequalities in Health Behaviours after Age 50 on the Island of Ireland, Economic & Social Review , 2014, Journal Article, PUBLISHED
Barrett, Alan; Mosca, Irene, The Psychic Costs of Migration: Evidence from Irish Return Migrants, Journal of Population Economics, 26, (2), 2013, p483 - 506, Journal Article, PUBLISHED  TARA - Full Text
Barrett, Alan; Mosca, Irene , Early-life Causes and Later-life Consequences of Migration: Evidence from Older Irish Adults, Journal of Population Ageing, 6, (1-2), 2013, p29 - 45, Journal Article, PUBLISHED  DOI

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Mosca, I. & Barrett, A. , A New Look at the Recession and Ireland's Older People: The Emigration of Adult Children and the Mental Health of their Parents., 2014, Book, PUBLISHED
The Economic Well-Being of Over 50s and their Children in, Anne Nolan, Claire O'Regan, Cara Dooley et al. , The Over 50s in a Changing Ireland: Economic Circumstances, Health and Well-Being,, Trinity College Dublin, 2014, [Hudson, E., Mosca, I. & O'Sullivan, V. ], Book Chapter, PUBLISHED
Mosca, Irene, Obesity and Employment in Ireland: Moving Beyond BMI, 2012, Working Paper, PUBLISHED
Alan Barrett, George Savva, Virpi Timonen and Rose Anne Kenny (eds), Fifty plus in Ireland 2011: First results from The Irish Longitudinal Study on Ageing (TILDA), Dublin, Trinity College Dublin, May, 2011, Report, PUBLISHED


My research interests lie in the fields of labour and health economics, with a particular focus on ageing