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This podcast features discussions with economists from Ireland and abroad. Media discussions often revolves around short soundbites, making it very difficult to understand the full story behind an issue. Each week, I am joined by a different guest to break down the economic arguments behind the soundbites. Each guest is an expert in their field, covering topics as diverse as health, the environment, and Ireland's economic history. This allows us to provide cutting edge insight unavailable elsewhere. We go through the detail in plain language, with an interesting chat along the way.

This podcast features discussions with economists from Ireland and abroad. Media discussions often revolves around short soundbites, making it very difficult to understand the full story behind an issue. Each week, I am joined by a different guest to break down the economic arguments behind the soundbites. Each guest is an expert in their field, covering topics as diverse as health, the environment, and Ireland's economic history. This allows us to provide cutting edge insight unavailable elsewhere. We go through the detail in plain language, with an interesting chat along the way.
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This podcast features discussions with economists from Ireland and abroad. Media discussions often revolves around short soundbites, making it very difficult to understand the full story behind an issue. Each week, I am joined by a different guest to break down the economic arguments behind the soundbites. Each guest is an expert in their field, covering topics as diverse as health, the environment, and Ireland's economic history. This allows us to provide cutting edge insight unavailable elsewhere. We go through the detail in plain language, with an interesting chat along the way.

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Episodes

Ep. 9: Agricultural economics & sustainable consumption - Dr. Benjamin Bodirsky (Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research)

10/22/2019
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Episode 9 features Dr. Benjamin Bodirsky of the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research. Benjamin has done a lot of research modelling the global food system. Such modelling is important to figure out how the system will be able to support changes in population growth, changes in dietary preferences and respect environmental constraints. In this podcast, we discuss the current trends in global food demand and how this has changed. We discuss the implications this will have for global...

Duration:00:40:50

Ep. 8: Are there better ways to fund higher education? Dr. Darragh Flannery (UL)

10/15/2019
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In Episode 8, I am joined by Dr. Darragh Flannery of the University of Limerick. Darragh is an expert in the economics of education. We discuss why economists need to study education and different ways in which one can conceptualise investment in education. We discuss the implications for policy and how these ideas inform public support for education. Darragh has done research on third level funding options and we discuss the merits of different proposals currently being considered in...

Duration:00:52:58

Ep. 7: Understanding the macroeconomy - Prof. Stephen Kinsella (UL)

10/8/2019
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In this episode, I am joined by Prof. Stephen Kinsella of the Kemmy Business School at the University of Limerick. Stephen has turned his hand to many topics, most notably applying novel method to the task of understanding the macroeconomy. It has been said that the economic crisis was a crisis for macroeconomics. We probe elements of this statement in this episode. We begin by discussing what economists mean by macroeconomics and the history of macroeconomic model development. We discuss...

Duration:00:46:51

Ep. 6: Infrastructure, National Broadband Plan; Eircom - Prof. Eoin Reeves & Dr. Donal Palcic (UL)

10/1/2019
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Episode 6 features Professor Eoin Reeves and Dr. Donal Palcic who are experts in analysing the financing of public infrastructure. We discuss the economics behind 'public-private partnerships' (PPPs) which are a common way for the private sector to participate in the provision of public infrastructure such as roads, hospitals and more recently, broadband. PPPs have been the subject of much debate. Eoin and Donal provide an excellent overview of the pros and cons of these methods of...

Duration:01:00:33

Ep. 5: Energy Economics- Jacquelyn Pless (MIT) & Muireann Lynch (ESRI)

9/24/2019
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This episode provides an overview of energy economics. I take a slightly different format this week. I offer some insight into the Irish electricity market, inspired by some requests from Twitter followers (@IrishEconPod). Alongside this, Dr. Jacquelyn Pless of the Sloan School of Management at the Massachusetts Institute for Technology (MIT) and Dr. Muireann Lynch of the Economic and Social Research Institute (ESRI) offer their expert insight into various aspects of energy economics. This...

Duration:00:40:50

Ep. 4 Behavioural economics: the psychology of decision making - Prof. Liam Delaney (UCD)

9/17/2019
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Ep. 4 discusses behavioural economics - the psychology of decision-making. Economics has a reputation for not fully appreciating the complexities of human decision-making. Many economic theories assume that we all make 'rational' decisions - that we can perfectly process all the details like a computer and come up with the best outcome (or, in econ-speak, we 'maximise utility'). In this episode, I am joined by Prof. Liam Delaney of the UCD Geary Institute. Liam explains that this...

Duration:00:47:58

Ep. 3: Why carbon taxes? Dr. Muireann Lynch (ESRI)

9/10/2019
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Dr. Muireann Lynch joins to discuss why economists love carbon taxes so much. We go through the economic reasoning behind a carbon tax, we discuss why a carbon tax is better than a subsidy and we debate the various ways carbon tax revenues can be redistributed to householders. Practice often differs to theory and we discuss some of the peculiarities surrounding carbon taxation in Ireland and the EU. We explain the waterbed effect and why renewable energy subsidies do not necessarily reduce...

Duration:00:43:17

Ep. 2: Brexit Strategy - Edgar Morgenroth

9/3/2019
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Episode 2 of the Irish Economics Podcast addresses the strategy behind the Brexit decisions. Edgar Morgenroth, professor of economics at DCU joins as we discuss Brexit decision making from the beginning. Was Brexit inevitable, given anti-EU sentiment, or could David Cameron have taken a different approach? How much of Theresa May's woes were down to poor decision-making and how much was down to being faced with a problem that has no solution? And what is Boris Johnson's strategy, an...

Duration:00:43:42

Ep. 1: Ireland's Economic History - John FitzGerald

9/3/2019
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We have a very special first episode as Prof. John FitzGerald joins to discuss Ireland's economic history. John has been involved in Irish economics in one shape or another since he joined the department of Finance in 1972. John takes us through Ireland's divorce bill - when Ireland's national debt burden became intertwined with how the Northern Ireland border was to be drawn. We discuss the implications of poor economic performance up to the late 50s and the role T.K. Whitaker had in...

Duration:00:46:04

Short promo

8/26/2019
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Short test promo for the Irish Economics Podcast.

Duration:00:00:10