John McHale is Established Professor of Economics at the National University of Ireland, Galway. He has served as Chairman of the Irish Fiscal Advisory Council since July 2011. Before joining NUI Galway he held positions as Assistant Professor of Economics and Associate Professor of Economics at Harvard University, and as Associate Professor of Managerial Economics and Toller Family Research Fellow at the Queen’s University, Ontario. He holds PhD and AM degrees from Harvard University. He is currently an independent member of Ireland’s National Economic and Social Council and Vice President of the Irish Economics Association.