About Me

My name is Michael McMahon and I am a Professor of Economics at University of Oxford and Tutorial Fellow at St Hugh's College.

I am interested in most topics related to macroeconomic policy but particularly monetary policy (especially communication issues), fiscal policy, business cycles, and inventory behaviour. My research has been published in many journals including the Quarterly Journal of Economics, Review of Economic Studies, Journal of Monetary Economics, Review of Economics and Statistics and the Journal of International Economics.

I serve as Director of Impact at CAGE (Warwick), and I am a research fellow of the CEPR.  In addition, I am affiliated with LSE’s Centre for Macroeconomics where I co-edit the CfM Survey and, since 2016, I have served as Treasurer of the MMF research group. I was formerly an Economics Network advisory board member and in 2017 I was the Deputy Programme Chair for the 2017 RES Conference.

I hold an undergraduate degree from Trinity College Dublin, and MSc, MRes, and PhD degrees from LSE.


My Story

I was born in Dublin and lived there most of my life (though the gap is closing fast). As a child I lived for 3 years in Zimbabwe. I did BESS (Business, Economics and Social Studies) in Trinity College Dublin. Immediately after my degree I moved to the UK to study at LSE for an MSc and work for the Bank of England.

While at the Bank I was fortunate to meet Prof Francesco Giavazzi who at the time was visiting the Bank as a Houblon-Norman fellow. I started to do some research with him and caught the research bug. So after a few years at the Bank, I returned to LSE to complete the MRes and PhD in Economics. My supervisor was Prof Francesco Caselli and my advisor was Prof Silvana Tenreyro. We had a really great class of students and the environment was wonderful.

When I finished my PhD I moved to University of Warwick where I spent 9 years in total (including leave periods). During one period of leave I visited INSEAD and Stanford. On another I was a Houblon-Norman-George fellow back at the Bank of England.

In 2015 I took leave to work at the International Monetary Fund (IMF) Singapore Training Institute (STI). My work in Singapore involved running courses for central bankers and other government officials from the Asia-Pacific region, as well as continuing with my research. 

I moved to Oxford in September 2017.