Irish Economics Podcast
#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!
#20: Booms, busts and bicycles - Dr. William Quinn (QUB)
Season 2, Ep. 8
I am joined by Dr. William Quinn, lecturer in finance at Queen’s University Belfast to discuss stock market bubbles. We go through the ‘British bicycle mania,’ big shorts and savvy bond villains who have resorted to shady stock market trades.Some of you have enquired about ways to support the podcast and help cover the costs. I was able to acquire a small amount of funding to cover some of the start-up costs, but there has been a growing gap being filled by my own pocket. If you'd like to chip in, I’ve set up a Patreon page athttp://www.patreon.com/IrishEconPodThere is no obligation. In general, I'm happy to cover the costs but hopefully the patreon can keep them at a sustainable level. The main podcast feed is a public good that will always be free.As ever, , if you get a chance, a 5* review on Apple podcasts helps spread the word. Thanks!
#19: The Economy of Northern Ireland - Dr. Graham Brownlow (QUB)
Season 2, Ep. 7
This is a bumper episode this week. I am joined by Dr. Graham Brownlow (Queen's University Belfast) to discuss the Northern Irish Economy.We go through the development of the Northern Irish economy throughout the 20th Century and a little bit before. Graham's expert knowledge really gives us a depth of understanding that I have not heard elsewhere.Indeed, I learned a lot from this discussion. Growing up in Longford we hear a lot about the politics of Northern Ireland but very little about the economy. Of course politics has influenced the economy and Graham talks about that but not always in the ways that you would expect.One such example is the story of how the DeLorean car from Back to the Future came to be manufactured just outside Belfast. It’s a fascinating story and we go through that in great detail.Enjoy!If you would like to support: http://www.patreon.com/IrishEconPod
#18: Artificial Intelligence - Jonathan Ruane (MIT)
Season 2, Ep. 6
This week we have a departure from the usual COVID related topics. In this episode I am joined by Jonathan Ruane, a Lecturer at the MIT Sloan School of Management and adjunct at TCD.Jonathan and I discuss the impact Artificial intelligence may have on the global economy. We go through the disruptive technologies of AI and machine learning, introduce them for those unfamiliar and discuss how these technologies may develop. This is something I find fascinating myself as projections range from something akin to science fiction right up to something similar to disruptive technologies that we have seen already such as the Model T or the internet.We delve into how these technologies might affect the economy and even veer off into related discussions about a just transition and universal basic income.This episode was recorded many months ago in a pre-COVID world. I met Jonathan in Dublin over the Christmas break before social distancing was part of our vocabulary.If you enjoyed this or any other episode, please give us a rating on apple podcasts. You can scroll down now while reading and hit five stars if you have an iPhone. Reviews are really heavily weighted on the apple chart algorithm I’ve come to realise - we always seem to climb the charts when we get a few reviews! So thanks to all who have given us five stars to date. It really means a lot.If you would like to support: http://www.patreon.com/IrishEconPod
#17: Economics of human development - Dr. Orla Doyle (UCD)
Season 2, Ep. 5
On this episode I am joined by Dr. Orla Doyle. Orla is Associate Professor at the UCD School of Economics and a Research Fellow at the Geary Institute at UCD. Orla specialises in the economics of human development, particularly on evaluating the effectiveness of early childhood interventions.Orla has led an exciting research project entitled 'Preparing for life', which evaluates the effectiveness of early childhood intervention programmes. We discuss this programme and Orla offers a few tips for any parents out there, arising from her work.We discuss the impact that the recession has had on health and well-being, through the lens of a study on maternal health. While there are negative effects, as one would expect, we find some surprising positive effects. There are also a few lessons to be learned when it comes to the current COVID19 crisis and Orla takes us through those.Increasing inequality is something we think about a lot nowadays, even before covid19 but increasing educational inequality was something that was not on my radar. Orla also has done some important writing in relation to this and takes us through some issues we need to plan for when fighting covid19.Finally, to borrow the famous Monty Python phrase, we wrap up with something completely differentwhen Orla takes us through her study of the impact terrorism may have on well being.Please subscribe on your podcast app and tell your friends. If you like the show, give us a shout out on twitter or leave a 5* review on Apple Podcasts. Thanks!If you would like to support: http://www.patreon.com/IrishEconPod