Professor Maurice J. Roche
Department of Economics
Dr. Maurice Roche received a B.A. in Economics from University College Dublin in 1982, an M.A. in Economics from University College Dublin in 1983, and a Ph.D. in Economics from Queen’s University, Kingston in 1991. Between finishing his M.A. and starting his Ph.D. in 1987, Maurice worked as an external economic consultant for the Incorporated Law Society of Ireland and as a member of the teaching staff in the National University of Ireland Maynooth, University College Dublin, Dublin City University and the Dublin Institute of Technology. In 1988, Maurice worked as an economist at the World Bank in Washington D.C., while pursuing his Ph.D. Dr. Roche was a faculty member of the National University of Ireland Maynooth from 1991 until joining Ryerson University as a Professor in 2008. During this period Dr. Roche has also taught courses in The Queen’s University of Belfast and Queen’s University, Kingston. Dr. Roche had a number of concurrent appointments while a faculty member of the National University of Ireland Maynooth. In 1996, he was an economic advisor to the chief economist of the Irish Prime Minister and to the chief economist of the Minister of Agriculture. Between 1998 and 2004 he was the senior econometrics advisor to a major Irish government agri-food economics research project involving all of the universities in Ireland and the Food and Agriculture Policy Research Institute at the University of Missouri and Iowa State University. During this time period Dr. Roche was also appointed to an Irish government steering committee for this research project.
Dr. Roche has researched on a number of topics including foreign exchange rates, international business cycles, house price bubbles and commodity pricing. He has numerous peer reviewed publications in international economics and finance journals, including publishing in the top journal in three fields of economics, notably the Journal of Monetary Economics, the Journal of International Economics and the American Journal of Agricultural Economics. Between 1996 and 2007, Dr. Roche and his research teams were awarded just over $1 million in funding. Notably, €154,000 over three years (2007-2010) from the Irish Research Council for the Humanities and Social Sciences under the Government of Ireland Thematic Research Project Grants Bi-Lateral Scheme (with the British ESRC), €282,000 over three years (2003-2006) from the Irish Higher Education Authority under the North-South Programme for Collaborative Research and €275,519 over five years (2002-2007) under Cycle 3 of the Irish Higher Education Authority’s Programme for Research in Third Level Institutions.
Dr. Roche has taught courses in economics and finance from introductory to Ph.D. level. He has taught courses in International Finance, Macroeconomics, Microeconomics, Theoretical Econometrics, Time Series Econometrics, Development Economics, Portfolio Theory and Capital Markets. His research interests are in the areas of International Finance and Macroeconomics. He has supervised students in over 200 undergraduate research papers, over 40 Master’s research papers and is currently supervising his fifth Ph.D. student. Dr. Roche came to Ryerson University with experience in various administrative committees. He has served as secretary of a sub-committee of the Academic Council, as a member of the Academic Council, as a member of Departmental Hiring Committees, as Departmental Finance Courses Coordinator and on the Departmental IT committee. In Ryerson University, he has served on Faculty of Arts Promotion Committees, Faculty of Arts Associate Dean Research and Graduate Studies Search Committee, Faculty of Arts Associate Dean Students & Undergraduate Studies Search Committee and Faculty of Arts Continuing Education Committee. In the Department of Economics in Ryerson University, Maurice served as Graduate Program Director, on Departmental Hiring Committees, on Departmental Evaluation Committees, on Departmental Appointments Committees, on Departmental SRC Committees and on Departmental IT/Website Committees.