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34 minutes | Jun 8, 2021
#40: Cryptocurrency II: Bubble? Fraud? Dr. William Quinn (QUB)
This is our second episode on cryptocurrencies. I am joined by Dr. William Quinn, lecturer in finance at Queen's University Belfast. Will, along with his colleague Prof. John Turner, are experts when it comes to financial bubbles. Having observed crypto price dynamics that mimic a bubble, I invited Will along to give his views on whether cryptocurrency is indeed a financial bubble. When preparing for the chat, Will shared his recent lecture materials with me on how cryptocurrencies display many traits of financial fraud. We discuss the various types of fraud and how crypto dynamics fit these narratives. We also discuss the NFTs and tether - which is a stable coin and some of the dynamics that they introduce seem to go against many of the ideologies underpinning crypto currencies. Will holds the coveted position of being the first repeat guest on the podcast and also the guest to feature on our 40th episode! Thanks everyone for the support so far. If you've enjoyed the podcast, please give us a 5* review on apple podcasts to help bring in new listeners. If you want to learn more about bubbles, check out Will's book (co-authored with Prof. John Turner) on a history of financial bubbleshttps://www.cambridge.org/ie/academic/subjects/history/economic-history/boom-and-bust-global-history-financial-bubbles?format=HB See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
61 minutes | Jun 1, 2021
#39: What is cryptocurrency? Prof. Brian Lucey (TCD)
Today I am joined by Prof. Brian Lucey of Trinity College Dublin who has carried out a lot of research in recent years on cryptocurrencies. We go through the basics behind crypto/blockchain and the dynamics in the market. Brian offers some words of caution for any central bankers that might have one eye on digital currencies! We move on to other areas of financial markets including the recent GameStop/wallstreetbets short squeeze. Prof. Lucey has done some interesting work analysing the sentiment expressed on reddit threads to see if this really was a case of all the little guys standing up to the man or whether it was a lot of scared little guys following a few heavy hitters. We also discuss NFTs or non-fungible tokens. These have recently entered the public consciousness and Brian takes us through what they are and where they may get their value. This is part one of a two-parter on crypto. Here we cover a lot of ground and go through the economic fundamentals, with a second part lined up to discuss more recent developments. If you like the podcast, tell your friends and share on social media! Every 5* review on Apple podcasts pushes us up the rankings and attracts the attention of someone new - so please help me to get the word out to new listeners! See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
43 minutes | May 25, 2021
#38: Online dating & matching markets - Dr. Josue Ortega (QUB)
Today we are chatting to Dr. Josue Ortega of Queen’s University Belfast. Josue is an expert in matching markets. These are essentially markets without money. Normally we use prices to allocate goods to those who value them the most - How do figure this out when we don’t have money? And what if both sides of the transaction have preferences, like matching employees to jobs or single persons to a romantic partner? This last point is something which Josue has done a lot of work on. In particular, he has explored the impact that online dating has had on the matching process – what factors result in matching ‘success’ and how online dating has changed the pattern of matching, particularly with respect to the diversity of romantic couples. A very interesting topic and hopefully we don’t take the romance out of dating by discussing it here! See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
57 minutes | May 11, 2021
#37: The Economics of Vaccines - Dr. Flavio Toxvaerd (Cambridge)
On today’s episode of at the margin I am joined by Dr. Flavio Toxvaerd to discuss the economics of vaccines. Flavio is a lecturer in economics at the University of Cambridge and has published widely on the economics of vaccines, immunisation and social distancing. Check out his extensive research on the topic here: https://www.econ.cam.ac.uk/people/faculty/fmot2There’s something here for everybody really. There is insight for policymakers on how to approach social distancing and vaccine rollout; something for the nerdy economists like myself who want to think about applications for academic economic concepts; and also something for the current affairs junkie interested in better understanding issues such as vaccine nationalism and how to manage vaccine IP. Thanks very much to Flavio and thanks very much to all the patrons for keeping the show on the road. Check out http://www.patreon.com/atthemargin if you would like to become a patron! See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
48 minutes | Apr 27, 2021
#36: Making Carbon Pricing Work for Citizens (Dr. Linus Mattauch - TU Berlin)
In this episode, I am joined by Linus Mattauch of the Technical University of Berlin. Linus is also a research affiliate with the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research and the Institute for New Economic Thinking at the University of Oxford. Linus speaks to us about his work on making carbon pricing work for citizens. We discuss ways in which we can maximise the political acceptability of a carbon tax. This includes framing and the use of carbon tax revenues to make carbon taxes palatable to citizens. We go through some advice for policymakers, conditional on the political landscape that they face. Linus is working at the cutting edge of this field of research so I am very grateful to him for taking the time to speak to us. This episode is a complement to the previous carbon pricing episode with Muireann Lynch of the ESRI – please do check that out if you get a chance. In that episode, we go through the basic argument in favour of carbon pricing. Now we are taking this a step further – how best can we translate the theory into practice, taking into account some of the obstacles we face in the real world. . Support: http://www.patreon.com/atthemargin See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
48 minutes | Apr 8, 2021
#35: Irish Corporation Tax - Seamus Coffey (UCC)
Welcome back to a new series of At the Margin! This episode is a bit earlier than expected – I wanted to share it with you as soon as possible. We’ll be back to our usual Tuesday release date in due course. Seamus Coffey joins to discuss corporation tax. Seamus is an economics lecturer at University College Cork and is a former chair of Ireland’s Fiscal Advisory Council. He is also the go-to person when it comes to discussing Ireland’s corporate tax rate having published an independent review for the Irish government in 2017. If you’re like me, you will have kept one ear tuned to the ongoing debate surrounding Irish corporation tax but may not have fully read up on the topic to give a well-informed take. Hopefully this conversation will fill in the gaps. We discuss the basics surrounding corporation tax, how Irish tax rates interact with US tax policy and how this may change with proposals put forward by the OECD and the US. Enjoy!https://www.patreon.com/AtTheMargin if you'd like to help cover the costs of the podcast See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
50 minutes | Oct 26, 2020
#34: Gold - Dr. Fergal O'Connor (UCC)
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 See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
48 minutes | Oct 12, 2020
#33: Water Economics & Water Charges - Dr. David Zetland (Leiden University)
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 See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
44 minutes | Sep 28, 2020
#32: Pirates, Ransom & Kidnap - Prof. Anja Shortland (King's College London)
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! See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
46 minutes | Sep 15, 2020
#31: How to make the world add up - Tim Harford
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! See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
51 minutes | Sep 14, 2020
#30: The 2008 Financial Crisis and Central Banking - Prof. Patrick Honohan (TCD)
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! See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
71 minutes | Aug 31, 2020
#29: Econ. History & COVID-19; Measuring Sustainability - Dr. Eoin McLaughlin (UCC)
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! See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
76 minutes | Aug 17, 2020
#28: European Agricultural Policy - Prof. Alan Matthews (TCD)
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! See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
64 minutes | Aug 3, 2020
#27: Household wealth in Ireland: Dr. Reamonn Lydon (Central Bank of Ireland)
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! See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
57 minutes | Jul 20, 2020
#26: Under the Influence - Prof. Robert H. Frank (Cornell)
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! See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
55 minutes | Jul 6, 2020
#25: Sports Economics - Dr. Robbie Butler (UCC)
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! See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
53 minutes | Jun 22, 2020
#24: Estimating the distributional impact of public policy - Dr. Karina Doorley & Dr. Barra Roantree (ESRI)
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. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
40 minutes | Jun 8, 2020
#23: Music Economics - Chris Carey
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. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
61 minutes | Jun 1, 2020
#22: Behavioural Science and Public Policy - Dr. Pete Lunn (ESRI)
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. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
45 minutes | May 25, 2020
#21: So you want to be an economist?
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! See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
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