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College Photo Name King, Michael
Main Department Economics
College Title Assistant Professor
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Dr. Michael King is Assistant Professor of Economic Policy and Director of the MSc in Economic Policy Studies. He is the founder and former Chief Executive (2001 – 2004) of the Irish-based development agency, Suas Educational Development. He graduated from Harvard University with a Masters in Public Administration in International Development in June 2006, after being awarded the O'Reilly, Fulbright and John F. Kennedy scholarships. He holds an Honours Degree (2002) and PhD in Economics (2012) from Trinity College, Dublin. Upon his return to Ireland and before joining Trinity, Michael worked as an economist with Forfás (National Competitiveness Council) between 2006 and 2007.
Awards and Honours
Award Date
O'Reilly Scholarship 2004
John F. Kennedy Scholarship 2004
Fulbright Scholarship (awarded) 2004
Research Interests
African Economics Development Economics Development economics Development in Africa
Economic Development Economic policy making FINANCIAL DEVELOPMENT Finance
Financial Services Regulation International development International economics, finance, trade and development Irish economy, problems
Microeconomics Political Economics/Economy financial crises
Research Projects
Project title Financial Inclusion and Financial Sector Development in Kenya
Summary This research programme will investigate important issues such as the interaction between poverty and financial inclusion, the geospatial dimensions of financial access, the impact of new financial services and the changing role of mobile banking services. The research programme will have a special focus on assessing the impact of new financial products and related technologies.
Funding Agency Financial Sector Deepening (FSD) Kenya
Type of Project
Date from Nov 2013
Date to Dec 2015
Person Months

Project title Policy Coherence for Development
Summary With the support of The Advisory Board for Irish Aid (ABIA), IIIS is conducting a four year research programme (2007-2010) on the coherence of various aspects of Irish government domestic policy with the objectives of Irish Aid to reduce poverty in developing countries in line with our commitment to the Millennium Development Goals. The research programme is comprised of two phases. In phase one an extensive survey of the activities of all Irish Government Departments will be conducted to identify policy areas that affect developing countries. The findings of this scoping research will be published in mid-2008. Phase two comprises in-depth research into a number of key PCD issues identified by the scoping research report and will be concluded in 2010. The IIIS/ABIA research will be widely disseminated to policy makers and members of the development community through open presentations and publications.
Funding Agency ABIA
Type of Project
Date from June 2006
Date to May 2010
Person Months

Publications and Other Research Outputs
Peer Reviewed
Cause and Effect of Financial Access in Sub-Saharan Africa: Cross Country Evidence from the Finscope Surveys in, editor(s)Robert Cull, Asli Demirgüç-Kunt and Jonathan Morduch , Banking the World: Empirical Foundations of Financial Inclusion, Cambridge, MA, MIT Press, 2013, pp45-84 , [Patrick Honohan and Michael King]
Frank Barry and Michael King, The Coherence of Ireland’s Foreign Direct Investment Policy with Development Objectives, Trócaire Development Review, 2009, p97 - 113
Non Peer Reviewed
Niels Keijzer, Michael King, Alan Matthews and Eunike Spierings, Measuring Policy Coherence for Development: Study on Modernising the Comparability of Donor Contributions Post-2015, Maastricht, The Netherlands, ECDPM, 2012
Social Justice: Distribution, Poverty and Policy Responses in, editor(s)John O'Hagan and Carol Newman , The Economy of Ireland, Dublin, Gill and Macmillan, 2011, pp205 - 235, [Michael King]
Frank Barry, Michael King and Alan Matthews, Policy Coherence for Development (PCD): The State of Play in Ireland, Dublin, Institute for International Integration Studies, 2009
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