Of 450 employees surveyed, 60 per cent access and respond to emails outside office hours

Back in the 1930s, economist John Maynard Keynes confidently predicted modern technology would deliver a 15-hour working week, with people choosing mo(...)

The euro sculpture outside of the European Central Bank building in Frankfurt. Photograph: Arne Dedert/EPA

Mario Draghi’s latest cuts in interest rates are virtually unprecedented. Danish and Swedish central banks have flirted with similar moves but the Eur(...)

Thomas Piketty’s  “Capital in the 21st Century” has fuelled fierce debates about inequality. Photograph: Ed Alcock/New York Times service

It is one of the unlikeliest bestsellers in memory – a 685-page tome full of historical census and tax data and literary allusions to the likes(...)

The reaction to French economist  Thomas Piketty’s ‘Capital in the Twenty-First Century’ shows the rising tide of anxiety about inequality. Photograph: Fred Dufour/AFP/Getty Images

Inequality is a hot topic right now. The reaction to Thomas Piketty’s Capital in the Twenty-First Century (...)

Republican Senator Rand Paul  cited research suggesting that the long-term unemployed have a hard time re-entering the workforce as a reason to cut off long-term  benefits. Photograph: Bill Pugliano/Getty Images

Six years have passed since the US economy entered the Great Recession, 4½ since it officially began to recover, but long-term unemployment remains di(...)

The hint that the US Federal Reserve might be about to taper off its bond purchases was enough to cause tremors in financial markets.

Too much state-created money is by definition a bad thing. And so is too little. But how do we know how much is too much and how much too little? The (...)

A means to an end
  • Ireland
  • September 11, 2013, 01:00

Austerity is a means to an end, not an end in itself. That is how Central Bank governor, Patrick Honohan views the pragmatic economic measures taken s(...)

We’ve all been there, sitting in an overheated conference room, halfway through your seventh consecutive meeting about some upcoming meeting, when it suddenly dawns on you that the whole thing is a giant Ponzi scheme. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

One of the few remaining advantages of my job – now that the bright future, the long lunches and the veneer of glamour have all been stripped away – i(...)

People marching along Dublin’s O’Connell street during an Anti-Austerity march in November 2012.Photograph: Alan Betson / THE IRISH TIMES

Writing in today’s Irish Times, Patrick Honohan, the governor of the Central Bank, defends austerity with a reference to the 1945 experiences of the g(...)

Milton Friedman, “who used to be the ultimate avatar of conservative economics, has essentially disappeared from right-wing discourse”. Photograph: Alex Wong/Getty Images

Recently Senator Rand Paul, potential presidential candidate and self-proclaimed expert on monetary issues, sat down for an interview with Bloomberg B(...)