Irish Economics Podcast


#14: EU decision-making & the COVID-19 economic response - Prof. Brigid Laffan (EUI Florence)

Season 2, Ep. 2

We have an episode of a slightly different focus today, where we view the EU decision-making from a political science perspective.

Speaking to you on the 7th of April, it is clear that EU intervention will be of central importance to kickstarting the European economy once the COVID19 pandemic dies down. Indeed, today is a day when the Eurogroup meet to discuss their COVID19 response.

However, the nature and design of any agreed-upon economic measures are predicated on the political relationships that exist in Europe, political relationships that have evolved over a financial crisis, a drawn-out Brexit negotiation and now a COVID19 crisis.

To help understand the nature of these relationships, and the bearing they might have on the nature of the economic decisions that will be made today and further into the COVID19 crisis, I am delighted to be joined by Prof. Brigid Laffan of the European University Institute in Florence.

Prof. Laffan is a leading thinker when it comes to the dynamics of European integration, Brexit and EU governance and has written extensively on the evolving nature of relations within the EU. To get the full context of EU decision-making, we discuss her work on the 2008 financial crisis and Brexit before turning to the COVID-19 response. We then discuss the implications for the future of the EU and Brexit negotiations.

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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: