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Image of the week: HRH corruption hunter Being second in line to the British throne isn’t all handshakes and banter with sports stars and hangi(...)

At the height of the economic crisis a few years ago an economist remarked, “We will know when the crisis is over when economic crisis conferences are(...)

The EU’s social model survives  .... Dr Seuss’s Horton hears a Who: “We are here! We are here! We are here!”

Reading Paul Gillespie’s recent article “Has Europe’s social model disappeared?” reminded me of Dr Seuss’s classic story of the citizens of Whoville c(...)

French economist Thomas Piketty has been nominated for the Financial Times’s 10th business book of the year. (Ed Alcock/The New York Times)

ANDREW HILL Two of this year’s most controversial books – Thomas Piketty’s Capital in the Twenty-First Century and Michael Lewis’s Flash Boys – will (...)

Thomas Piketty, the French economist whose work has fueled fierce debates about inequality. Photograph: Ed Alcock/The New York Times

In the wake of my most recent musings on inequality, some of my critics, for once, were happy to identify themselves. One or two even wrote letters to(...)

Despite the swooning over French economist Thomas Piketty, little of his analysis and conclusions on income inequality actually apply to Ireland. (Photograph: Ed Alcock/The New York Times)

If you are ever unlucky enough to be spending some leisure time with an economist, a way of livening up the proceedings is to challenge him or her on (...)

John FitzGerald: research showed successive governments had maintained welfare rates in spite of a massive increase in numbers requiring support.

Income inequality in Ireland has narrowed during the economic crisis due to the protection of welfare rates and middle-income earners shouldering the (...)

In the 1970s regulatory barriers went up in San Francisco and land values began to accelerate. Photograph: Getty Images

About 40 per cent of the stated wealth of the UK – more than £3 trillion – does not exist. It is a terrible illusion. For the US the figure is about 1(...)

Economist Thomas Piketty speaking at the recent Tasc conference in Dublin. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Fans of capitalism are a vanishing breed. In the wake of the great financial crisis, few people are willing to put their heads above the parapet to de(...)

Minister for Social Protection Joan Burton pays sharp attention

The thorny issues of taxing corporate profits and transparency over the rates being paid by large multinationals should have been included in the tr(...)