Tom McDermott

Tom McDermott is a lecturer at the School of Economics, University College Cork, a Principal Investigator at the Environmental Research Institute at University College Cork and a visiting fellow at the Grantham Research Institute, LSE. His research interests are at the intersection of development and environmental economics. In particular, his research focuses on the economic impacts of extreme weather events and on adaptation to climate change. He is co-editor, with Sam Fankhauser, of The Economics of Climate Resilient Development to be published by Edward Elgar in July 2016.

Content by Tom McDermott
  • Blog post

    Flooding and urban adaptation

    If the economic costs of flooding are high, and cities at lower elevations tend to flood more frequently, why do communities continue to rebuild on the same, flood-prone lands? This blog explores the economic impact of flooding and suggests that aid for reconstruction could be used to encourage economic activity to shift away from flood prone areas. Floods are among...

    6 May 2016 | Adriana Kocornik-Mina, Tom McDermott, Guy Michaels, Ferdinand Rauch