Irish Economics Podcast


#15: COVID-19 & Irish Industry - Gerard Brady (IBEC Chief Economist)

Season 2, Ep. 3

We continue the COVID-19 theme this week. Having explored the impacts from various academic angles we now explore the impact from an industry perspective. This is important insight as we have heard a lot of numbers over the last few weeks but less attention has been paid on discussing the problems driving these figures.

Gerard Brady, chief economist with IBEC, explains how the crisis manifests itself at the industry level and outlines some of the policy levers that would help most from their perspective. Among the measures discussed, Gerard emphasizes the importance of liquidity supports to keep otherwise good businesses afloat so that the economy is ready to go once restrictions are lifted.

It's a really interesting chat and a little bit eye-opening to hear the extent and depth of the impact.

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#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: