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Fiona Thorne

Research Officer

Current Projects

• Competitiveness of Irish Agriculture;
• Farm level economics and policy analysis of crop production in Ireland;
• A Review of the Financial Status of Farms and Future Investment  Requirements;
• Productivity analysis of Irish dairy production;
• Risk analysis in Irish agriculture;


B.Agr.Sc and PhD (agricultural economics) both from UCD

Professional Membership


Donnellan, T., Hennessy, T. and Thorne, F. (2009). Perspectives on the competitiveness of EU dairy farming. Eurochoices Vol. 8 No.1 23-29  ISSN 1478 0917  18532  A1

Clancy, D., Breen, J, Butler, A.M. and Thorne, F. (2009). A Discounted Cash Flow Analysis of
Financial Returns from Biomass Crops in Ireland. Journal of Farm Management Volume 13, No. 9,
pp. 595 -611, Sum 21000 A1

 Clancy, D., Breen, J, Moran, B., Thorne, F. and Wallace, M (2011). Examining the socio-economic
factors affecting willingness to adopt bioenergy crops. Journal of International Farm Management Vol.5. Ed.4 - June 2011 ISSN 1816-2495 25353 A1

Clancy, D., Breen, J, Thorne, F. and Wallace (2011). A stochastic analysis of the decision to
produce biomass crops in Ireland. Biomass and Bioenergy In press ISSN 0961-9534 25355 A1

Clancy, D., Breen, J, Thorne, F. and Wallace (2011). The Influence of a Renewable Energy Feed in
Tariff on the Decision to Produce Biomass Crops in Ireland. Energy Policy, 25356 A1

Newman, C. J. Carroll, J. and F. Thorne, (2011) A Comparison of Stochastic Frontier Approaches for Estimating Technical Inefficiency and Total Factor Productivity, Applied Economics Vol. 43, Iss. 27,
2010 ISSN 0003-6848 25352 A1

Kazukauskas, A., Newman, C. and Thorne, F., (2011) Analysing the effect of decoupling on agricultural production: Evidence from Irish dairy farms using the Olley and Pakes approach, German Journal of Agricultural Economics, 59, (3), 2010, p144 – 157

Kelly, E., Shalloo, L., Geary, U., Kinsella, A., Thorne, F. and Wallace, M. (2012). The associations
of management and demographic factors with technical, allocative and economic efficiency of Irish
dairy farms. Journal of Agricultural Science 150: 738-754 ISSN 0021-8596 27630 A1

O'Brien, D., Shalloo, L., Crosson, P., Donnellan, T., Farrelly, N., Finnan, J., Hanrahan, K., Lalor, S.,
Lanigan, Gary, Thorne, F. and Schulte, R. (2013). An evaluation of the effect of greenhouse gas
accounting methods on a marginal abatement cost curve for Irish agricultural greenhouse gas
emissions. Environmental Science & Policy pp 12 ISSN 1462-9011 30362 A1

O'Mahony Amy, Thorne, F. and Denny, Eleanor (2013). A cost-benefit analysis of generating
electricity from biomass. Energy Policy Vol. 57: pp 347-354 ISSN 0301-4215 30581 A1

Patrick Gillespie: Dairy Economics, Expansion and Sustainable Grassland

Maria Martinez Cillero: Farm level policy analysis: Econometric and Optimisation techniques