At The Margin: An Irish Economics Podcast
#34: Gold - Dr. Fergal O'Connor (UCC)
Season 2, Ep. 22
Today I am joined by Dr. Fergal O’Connor, finance lecturer at University College Cork. Fergal is an expert in gold and other precious metals. We go through everything you wanted to know about gold. We discuss the historical reasons why gold is valuable and how this has translated into the modern world. We go through the various economic drivers and we also touch on other related commodities such as bitcoin.Fergal really knows his stuff and is very easy to listen to so I hope you enjoyed it as much as I did. I make a few jokes throughout that we are not giving any investment advice but maybe I should be clear – we are not giving any investment advice. We accept no liability for any losses incurred if you decide to follow any investment strategy on foot of this podcast. The patreon page is at http://www.patreon.com/atthemargin. If you like what you hear and want to throw a few bob in the tip jar then take a look at the patreon. There’s some bonus content, hot takes and a bit of career chat on there. Some new content coming soon
#33: Water Economics & Water Charges - Dr. David Zetland (Leiden University)
Season 2, Ep. 21
I am joined by Dr. David Zetland – David is a lecturer at Leiden University and an expert on the political economy of water management. We discuss the economics behind water management and how politics can get in the way. We discuss the economics and politics surrounding water charging throughout the British Isles and discuss the ongoing Irish water charge saga. David is a great speaker and this is a topic I really enjoyed. I’d recommend you check out David’s podcast called jive talking (https://soundcloud.com/jivetalking) where he discusses these topics and others in greater detail. David also has a book and other relevant online material that may be of interest: 1) The struggle for residential water metering in England and Wales https://www.kysq.org/pubs/Art9-1-6.pdf 2) David's book (free to D/L) Living with Water Scarcity https://www.kysq.org/lwws/ 3) Citizen regulators https://kysq.org/aguanomics/2014/07/do-you-trust-your-neighbors/Just a quick note to say thanks to the patrons. If you enjoy the podcast and want to throw a few shillings in the tip jar check out patreon.com/AtTheMargin. I hope you enjoy the converation
#32: Pirates, Ransom & Kidnap - Prof. Anja Shortland (King's College London)
Season 2, Ep. 20
Today’s guest is Anja Shortland, Professor In political economy at King’s College London. Prof. Shortland does some really interesting work on the economics of crime and will speak to us today about the economic dynamics at play in hostage situations. Yes, that's correct – today’s episode is on the economics of kidnapping! Prof. Shortland has a book entitled "Kidnap" that I would recommend if you would like to learn more about this topic. Don't forget the patreon - www.patreon.com/AtTheMargin. If you enjoy the podcast and would like to support this work, please consider subscribing to the patreon. Thanks!
#31: How to make the world add up - Tim Harford
Season 2, Ep. 19
Hello and wlecome to this episode of "At the margin"! I have a great episode lined up with Tim Harford, Oxford economist and all-round economic raconteur. Tim joins to discuss statistics – how we can get it wrong, such as when our emotions influence our interpretation, and offers some basic rules of thumb when it comes to making sense of the information we see around us.Tim’s most recent book is entitled "How to Make the World Add Up: Ten Rules for Thinking Differently About Numbers". Available: https://www.amazon.co.uk/How-Make-World-Add-Up/dp/1408712237If you enjoy the podcast, you can subscribe to the patreon at patreon.com/AtTheMargin. We’re on twitter and Instagram with the handle @AtTheMargin too.Enjoy!
#30: The 2008 Financial Crisis and Central Banking - Prof. Patrick Honohan (TCD)
Season 2, Ep. 18
Hello and welcome everyone to a special week for the podcast! We have a change in name to "At the Margin" – same great podcast, new great name!this week we have a very special double bill. In this first part we welcome Prof. Patrick Honohan, honorary professor of economics at Trinity College Dublin. Prof. Honohan has held many positions, most notably as governor of the Irish Central Bank during the financial crisis of 2008. He has also held positions at the ESRI, the World Bank and as economic advisor to Garret FitzGerald. We discuss the role of Central Banks, the financial crisis from his perspective and Prof. Honohan gives his view on financial regulation into the futureProf. Honohan has recently published a book entitled "Currency, Credit and Crisis" which discusses much of the material covered in the episode in greater detail. It is highly recommended: https://www.easons.com/currency-credit-and-crisis-patrick-honohan-9781108741583?gclidIf you enjoy the podcast, you can subscribe to the patreon at www.patreon.com/AtTheMargin. I’ve updated the patreon handle to reflect the new name. We’re on twitter and Instagram with the handle @AtTheMargin too.Enjoy!
#29: Econ. History & COVID-19; Measuring Sustainability - Dr. Eoin McLaughlin (UCC)
Season 2, Ep. 17
Today I am joined by Dr. Eoin McLaughlin, Senior Lecturer at UCC. Eoin’s work has covered economic history and environmental sustainability. We discuss how his research on the Spanish flu can help us better understand COVID death counts and how his work on Irish land bonds can better help us understand the recent debate surrounding Eurobonds/Coronabonds.We also discuss ways to measure welfare through time while taking sustainability into account.Please check out the patreon at patreon.com/AtTheMargin if you want to help keep things going. As you know, this is a self-funded venture. I had to pay some of the hosting bills last week and the patreon softened the blow so thanks a million to all the patrons for helping!
#28: European Agricultural Policy - Prof. Alan Matthews (TCD)
Season 2, Ep. 16
Episode #28 is with Prof. Alan Matthews, Emeritus Professor of European Agricultural Policy at Trinity College Dublin. Prof. Matthews takes us through the economic conundrum that is the Common Agricultural Policy, how it has evolved and how it may develop in the future. Along the way, we touch on how the CAP can best guide sustainable agricultural practice into the future.I’ve mentioned before that I have set up a patreon page at patreon.com/IrishEconPod. The podcast is self-funded and patreon is a way to contribute as much or as little as you like to keep the show on the road.Some developments coming regarding the podcast so stay tuned!
#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!