Taoiseach Enda Kenny: his every utterance and dramatic pause was inevitably analysed for signs that they contained an election timing strategy hidden within. Photograph:   Gareth Chaney Collins

The media has been itching for a general election in November, not caring who sees it scratch. “Extraordinary media frenzy about election timing – cre(...)

John Maynard Keynes is often quoted as saying: “When the facts change, I change my mind. What do you do, sir?” Photograph:  Picture Post/Getty Images

When I was much younger and editing an economics journal, I published an article by a distinguished professor – more distinguished, perhaps, for his p(...)

People used to scoff at the idea of working 9 to 5. Now we can but dream of it. Working within such tight time limitations and with little sense of au(...)

Real Greek gross domestic product per capita fell 26 per cent from 2007 to 2013, compared with a German decline of 29 per cent from 1913 to 1919

Try to talk about the policies we need in a depressed world economy, and someone is sure to counter with the spectre of Weimar Germany, supposedly an (...)

 Barack Obama: it goes without saying the president’s fiscal proposals will be attacked by Republicans. Photograph: John Gress/Reuters

By the time you read this President Barack Obama will have called for a significant increase in spending, reversing the harsh cuts of the past few yea(...)

Experiences: when you’re biking “you’re really focusing, and that is hugely satisfying”, says James Wallman. Photograph: Daniel Milchev/Stone/Getty

As anyone with a Facebook page knows, as they scroll through other people’s family outings, kitesurfing adventures and faraway sunsets, “experience” i(...)

Sign of the times: Ajai Chopra of the IMF on his way to the Central Bank of Ireland in November 2010. Photogrpah: Peter Morrison/AP

When the International Monetary Fund came to Dublin in 2010, it had an interloper in its ranks. Hanging back a little, Liaquat Ahamed blended in ea(...)

European policy makers “are doing everything they can to stop recovery taking off, so they should not be surprised if there is in fact no take-off. It is balanced-budget fundamentalism, and it has become religious”.

John Maynard Keynes famously argued that politicians and policy makers are often “slaves to some defunct economist”. I think he was only partially cor(...)

The pension problem is a very long-term one but the pain of solving it is likely to be taken in the short term. Photograph: Frank Miller

In the long run, we are all dead. This much is familiar to most investment professionals, but John Maynard Keynes’ oft-quoted dictum continues like(...)

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(...)