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# economics - Monday 30 September, 2013

Extract: This crisis shows the old ways have failed – and we’re on the cusp of new discoveries

I am an economics student, so you might be surprised to hear that I’m somewhat optimistic about our future. Why? Because we are passing through a unique window of opportunity to change our world, writes Robert Nielsen.

# economics - Sunday 29 September, 2013

Column: Germany leads the European Union now – but it wasn’t always that way

The American push for unity of the German allied ‘zones’ following WWII was responsible for sealing Germany’s eventual economic – and political – ascendency over its neighbours, writes Darren Lawlor.

# economics - Wednesday 25 September, 2013

Column: If we work together, global poverty can be abolished by 2030

The recipe to fight world poverty is working, writes Hans Zomer, who says global levels of extreme poverty have already fallen to half what they were 13 years ago thanks to focused efforts by the international community.

# economics - Saturday 24 August, 2013

Book claims conventional pregnancy 'wisdom' is wrong

Pregnant college professor decided to crunch the data on commonly-held perceptions about what to eat, drink and how to behave in general when carrying a baby.

# economics - Tuesday 13 August, 2013

Column: Pre-Budget politics - lies, damned lies and a gullible public

The campaign to pummel the public into submission with ‘strategic’ pre-Budget scaremongering has begun in earnest – and the media is lapping it up, writes Paul Allen.

# economics - Saturday 27 July, 2013

Aaron McKenna: We've entered recession – again – because brave decisions are not being taken

Ireland has just entered its fourth recession since the crisis began – and what is our government doing about it? Waiting for Europe to sort out the mess, writes Aaron McKenna.

# economics - Tuesday 25 June, 2013

Ireland's tax levels could be higher, suggests ESRI

Researchers at the ESRI said other EU countries bring in extra revenue by applying higher income tax rates for everyone – not just the higher earners.

# economics - Wednesday 12 June, 2013

Declan Ganley wants Ireland to have flat income tax for all

The Libertas founder was at a public meeting to investigate the possibility of setting up a new political movement.

# economics - Thursday 6 June, 2013

Ganley: No political party represents the moderate, pro-life constituency

Businessman Declan Ganley is holding a public meeting next week as efforts to form a new political party gather pace but he is coy on whether or not he’ll definitely form a new party.

# economics - Tuesday 4 June, 2013

Column: People don’t trust Europe – but that can be changed

The EU can restore trust by pursuing evidence-based policies that will put people first – namely by setting targets for the real economy, humanitarian aid, and social justice, writes Tom McDonnell.

# economics - Sunday 5 May, 2013

Historian Niall Ferguson apologises for 'stupid' remarks about Keynes

Harvard historian Niall Ferguson had suggested that Keynes didn’t think enough about what happens to future generations because he had no children and was gay.

Fast fashion, fair wage: What Vietnam can teach Bangladesh

Vietnam – working on improving technology, conditions and pay – is proving more attractive to brands who want to protect their consumer reputation.

# economics - Wednesday 17 April, 2013

Leading pro-austerity academic paper may have included fatal Excel error

A 2010 paper by Carmen Reinhart and Kenneth Rogoff found that growth falls dramatically as debt increases. Or does it?

# economics - Tuesday 9 April, 2013

International students flock to Greece to study crisis

The country has become a case study for those studying economics, political science and journalism.

# economics - Wednesday 27 February, 2013

Column: The 'vulture fund' eyeing Argentina - and what it means for other indebted states

A New York court will today influence the economic future of Argentina in a case that will have wide-ranging ramifications for other indebted nations, writes Nessa Ní Chasaide.

# economics - Tuesday 26 February, 2013

Chinese 'Dubai' turns into deserted island

Phoenix Island was the epitomy of a property boom – now it stands quiet and desolate and unlucky owners are ‘desperate’ to sell.

# economics - Saturday 23 February, 2013

Column: The correct handling of the promissory note savings is vital for Ireland

The knowledge that there is now €1 billion of wiggle room on the table could promote further reluctance to change, writes Aaron McKenna.

# economics - Monday 28 January, 2013

Iceland did not need to repay Dutch and UK savers, says court

A European court ruled today that Iceland was entitled to refuse to pay immediate deposit guarantees to savers when a major bank collapsed.

# economics - Wednesday 23 January, 2013

Enda Kenny and Michael Noonan to attend Davos

The Taoiseach and Minister for Finance will join other world leaders at the influential meeting to discuss issues affecting the global economy.

# economics - Sunday 6 January, 2013

Column: Why do we love reading books about the economic crisis?

All these critiques don’t spur us to action, writes Tom Boland, so why do we keep buying them?

# economics - Thursday 27 December, 2012

Nick Leeson: The banks don't care so we need to look after each other

“As austerity bites to the knuckle, soup kitchens spring up around the country and children are sent to school hungry. It just seems so terribly wrong.”

# economics - Sunday 9 December, 2012

What's a fiscal cliff? Let Monty explain... Fiscal Cliff This post contains videos

What's a fiscal cliff? Let Monty explain...

Mr Burns takes a few minutes to explain the upcoming fiscal cliff.

# economics - Saturday 8 December, 2012

The 12 things in economics that everybody should know Easy Economics This post contains images

The 12 things in economics that everybody should know

The 10 concepts – plus two bonus insights – that everybody should know about economics.

# economics - Thursday 6 December, 2012

Budget 2013: Here’s how Twitter reacted Budget 2013 This post contains images

Budget 2013: Here’s how Twitter reacted

From the cuts in child benefit and respite care to the increase in the price of wine, here’s how people on Twitter reacted to Budget 2013.

# economics - Wednesday 5 December, 2012

BUDGET 2013: Here is what happened Budget 2013 This post contains videos

BUDGET 2013: Here is what happened brings you every detail of the Budget 2013 announcement, all the analysis and all the reaction.

# economics - Saturday 1 December, 2012

Aaron McKenna: Another tough Budget… but do the numbers add up?

With another €3billion in austerity on the way, the Government’s economic forecasts are starting to look more like fairy tales.

# economics - Saturday 10 November, 2012

Aaron McKenna: We need a robust civics education if we want informed citizens

CSPE should educate on how the economy, government and tax fits together, rather than just how proportional representation works, writes Aaron McKenna.

# economics - Wednesday 31 October, 2012

Interview: 'There will be mass defaults, I guarantee it' - David McWilliams

The time to take action on tracker mortgages is now or we will see another wave of mortgage defaults says economist David McWilliams.

# economics - Monday 15 October, 2012

The Evening Fix... now with added Law & Order

Here’s the things we learned, shared and loved today.

Nobel prize for economists who worked on matching schools with students

US economists Alvin Roth and Lloyd Shapley share the award for their work in ‘the theory of stable allocations’.

# economics - Thursday 11 October, 2012

'Cautious optimism', laughter and Mammynomics promised at Kilkenomics

The five-day festival returns for its third year next month.

# economics - Saturday 6 October, 2012

7 colours that might get you sued in the US Red Alert This post contains images

7 colours that might get you sued in the US

Big business is very territorial about its trademarks – especially in the States…

# economics - Tuesday 11 September, 2012

Business journalist awards call for entries

UCD Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School awards have €1,000 prize for each winner in six categories.

# economics - Monday 10 September, 2012

IMF: We want property tax of 0.5 per cent. Noonan: Nope, not happening.

OH, IT’S ON (well, kind of. It’s all very civil).

The 5 at 5: Monday

5 minutes, 5 stories, 5 o’clock…

# economics - Wednesday 22 August, 2012

Major French bank predicts next moves for Europe

Ahead of crunch talks between major country leaders and 6 September ECB meeting, Société Générale economist has some predictions: including possibly unlimited ECB bond-buying.

# economics - Tuesday 31 July, 2012

France passes budget that taxes business and the wealthy more

The country’s parliament approved the measures, which barely touched spending, earlier today.

# economics - Thursday 26 July, 2012

Column: Ireland has no option but to play hardball. So why aren’t we?

Economic commentator Anthony Phillips paid a visit to the Department of Finance. This is what happened…

# economics - Wednesday 11 July, 2012

Column: Make an example of bankers. Just do it.

Former trader Nick Leeson says an example was quite rightly made of him when his actions led to the collapse of Barings Bank – why isn’t that happening now?

# economics - Tuesday 10 July, 2012

VIDEO: David McWilliams explains why the world economy is still doomed

In his latest ‘punk economics’ video, the floppy-haired one looks at panic in China and the fading recovery in the US.