At The Margin: An Irish Economics Podcast
#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!
#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.