#27: Household wealth in Ireland: Dr. Reamonn Lydon (Central Bank of Ireland)
Season 2, Ep. 15
On today’s episode I am joined by Dr. Reamonn Lydon of the Central Bank of Ireland to discuss the wealth of Irish households. Rea has been poring over the Household Finance and Consumption Survey which is one of the primary data sources used to understand Irish household wealth – something which is notoriously difficult to get a handle on. We go through the role of inheritance in household wealth, the role of home ownership in Irish wealth and Rea gives some advice to researchers interested in using the data.As you know, I have a patreon site at pateron.com/IrishEconPod. Patreon is a way to support the Podcast according to whatever value you place on the content. If you'd like to chip in, have a gander at the patreon site. Thanks and hope you enjoy this conversation!
#26: Under the Influence - Prof. Robert H. Frank (Cornell)
Season 2, Ep. 14
Prof. Robert H. Frank of Cornell University joins to discuss his contribution to the field of behavioural economics. We delve into the economic consequences of 'keeping up with the Joneses' (aka 'positional externalities'); how peer pressure can help solve climate change and help in the fight against COVID19, and the strategic role of emotions.I would recommend Prof. Frank’s book ‘Under the influence’ which covers a lot of his writing on ‘putting peer pressure to work':.https://www.amazon.co.uk/Under-Influence-Robert-H-Frank/dp/0691193088/If you enjoy the podcast to the value of a price of coffee a month, patreon is a way to contribute to keep the show on the road: https://www.patreon.com/IrishEconPod. Social media is king nowadays so if you get a chance, please do like and share with friends - you can find the @IrishEconPod handle in all the usual places.I hope you enjoy the episode!
#25: Sports Economics - Dr. Robbie Butler (UCC)
Season 2, Ep. 13
I am joined by Dr. Robbie Butler who is a lecturer at University College Cork and is an expert in Sports economics.We discuss 'Fergie time', the use of bonus points in rugby and whether pundits are actually better than the average fan when it comes to predicting a result.There is something in this conversation for those of us less interested in sport, too. Much of what we discuss touches on economic theories of labour productivity, agency theory and cognitive biases.I have loads of extras uploaded to the patreon at www.patreon.com/IrishEconPod. If you enjoy the podcast to the value of a cup of coffee a month, the pareon is a way to say thanks. It also helps to secure the future of the podcast.I hope you enjoy this conversation!
#24: Estimating the distributional impact of public policy - Dr. Karina Doorley & Dr. Barra Roantree (ESRI)
Season 2, Ep. 12
I am joined by Dr. Karina Doorley and Dr. Barra Roantree who are senior research officer and research officer respectively, with the Economic and Social Research Institute.We discuss why we need taxes; what can happen when we get it wrong; and how Ireland's benefit system has been very important in helping the vulnerable during the COVID19 crisis.We discuss some of the tools used to understand the tax benefit system, particularly Microsimulation. Karina and Barra take us through some of the work they’ve done with these methods. This is an area which I have worked in and I also pitch in where I can.A quick reminder before we start that I have a patreon site at www.patreon.com/IrishEconPod. If you enjoy the podcast to the value of a cup of coffee a month, patreon is a way to say thanks. I am very grateful to the six patrons who have signed up so far! It’s a small token but it means a lot to keep everything going.
#23: Music Economics - Chris Carey
Season 2, Ep. 11
This episode features music economist Chris Carey. Chris is Head of International Marketing at TicketSwap and is a founder of the FastForward music conference.He is a former Global Insight Director at Universal and EMI, and a former Senior Economist at PRS for Music.We explore how recent changes in technology and the market shape the music we listen to. We discuss how big data are used by the industry and how changes in our consumption habits influence the structure and format of music.I'm a big music fan so this was something that I've always been curious about. My thanks to Chris for taking the time to go through these topics. I have set up a patreon site to help cover costs. The patreon site is at patreon.com/IrishEconPod. If you’ve enjoyed the podcast as much as you enjoy a cup of coffee, the patreon is a way to say thanks.There is some bonus material there too.
#22: Behavioural Science and Public Policy - Dr. Pete Lunn (ESRI)
Season 2, Ep. 10
Today I am joined by Pete Lunn of the ESRI to discuss behavioural economics and behavioural science. This is our second episode dealing with behavioural science - I would urge you to check out the earlier conversation with Liam Delaney if you have not done so already. Today’s conversation builds on many of the concepts first discussed with Liam. Pete and his team at the ESRI are responsible for loads of cool research projects that try to understand how we make decisions. For example, his work deals with the mechanics of how we weigh up the pros and cons of our credit card plan or how we decide who to buy our electricity from. They use insights from economics, psychology and other fields to fully understand the decision-making process. More recently, his team have done some very important work in relation to COVID19 and how we can encourage social distancing. We discuss these topics and much more.If you'd like to buy a coffee to say thanks, I have set up a Patreon at http://www.patreon.com/IrishEconPod. Thanks a million to the two patrons who signed up last week - it means a lot.
#21: So you want to be an economist?
Season 2, Ep. 9
We cover:1) Why become an economist2) Common pathways to becoming an economist3) A recommended approach to studying economics4) Career options and some factors that determine what role is suitable for you5) Navigating a PhDMy thanks to - Prof John FizGerald; Prof. Edgar Morgenroth, Prof. Liam Delaney, Dr. Darragh Flannery, Dr. Muireann Lynch, Dr. Jacquelyn Pless, Gerard Brady, Dara Doyle and everyone else who gave me comments and suggestions online and in general chat over the past few days.I hope I have mentioned everyone but if not, thank you. I hope to update in future this incorporate any new information so if you have any comments please do get in touchI pay for the podcast myself. If you would like to chip in or would like to hear some bonus content, you can do so at http://www.patreon.com/irisheconpodThanks!