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David Duffy has been at the Economic and Social Research Institute, Dublin, since 1996. He received his Bachelor's degree in 1986 and his M. Econ.Sc. in 1988, both from University College Cork. In 2006 he completed a PhD at NUI Maynooth on heterogeneous buyers in the Irish housing market. Prior to joining the ESRI he has worked in London as a research analyst for a property company and in Dublin as an economic consultant, and as the in-house economist for the Chambers of Commerce of Ireland.
Within the macro-economic division his main research area is the housing market. He is responsible for the permanent tsb House Price Index, produced in conjunction with the ESRI. He has published in both the Economic and Social Review and the ESRI’s Quarterly Economic Commentary on topics such as measuring house price change (with Denis Conniffe), the affordability of homeownership, as well as the influence of house prices on the decision of migrants to come to Ireland (with John FitzGerald and Ide Kearney).
In addition he is responsible for the Consumer Sentiment Index for Ireland which is published monthly, sponsored by KBC Bank. More recently he has published research on perceptions of inflation by consumers as well as on the extent of negative equity in the Irish housing market.