Former Greek Finance Minister Yanis Varoufikis speaking to media before the start of the Kilkonomics festival in Kilkenny. Photograph: Alan Betson

Ireland is no “paradigm of successful austerity” and owes its success to a more lenient approach taken by its creditors and a corporation tax rate tha(...)

“What the hipsters have done is take the same kind of bullshit you get in the fashion industry and apply it to cheese and artisan beer ”

Perhaps only an ad man could extol the virtue of “bullshit”. For Rory Sutherland, advertising encourages us to make increasingly irrelevant and stupid(...)

Former greek finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis speaks during the 43rd annual Fete de la Rose political meeting last August  in Frangy-en-Bresse, France. Photograph:  Jean-Philippe Ksiazek/AFP/Getty Images

Former Greek finance minister Yanis Varoufakis will open the upcoming Kilkenomics festival, economist amd journalist David McWilliams has announced. T(...)

Ardal O’Hanlon: chaired a panel discussion and said the assumption behind the discussion was that the economy was actually turning around. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

A world-class university to attract foreign students, a major social housing programme, tapping into our diaspora, accelerating our legal system and (...)

Ardal O’Hanlon: chaired a panel discussion and said the assumption behind the discussion was that the economy was actually turning around. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

A world-class university to attract foreign students, a major social housing programme, tapping into our diaspora, accelerating our legal system and (...)

Constantin Gurdgiev, who is part of the line-up for the Kilkenomics festival, a three-day mash-up of economics and comedy taking place in Kilkenny next month. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

So many bubbles are popping up in the Irish economy that it’s in danger of turning into an Aero bar. Another one clearly emerging, which policymakers (...)

On this week’s “Róisín Meets…” podcast, economist David McWilliams explains his belief that we are bound by nature to repeat the mistakes of the past.

Given Ireland’s boom and bust past, many view the latest spurt of economic growth and property price increases with suspicion. Economist David McWilli(...)

Having a laugh at the Kilkenomics Festival in Kilkenny yesterday were Dan Ariely, Bill Black and David McWilliams. Photograph: Dylan Vaughan

Three economists walk into a bar (okay, it’s actually a cafe) and meet a journalist. One is Dr Dan Ariely, the Israeli behavioural economist, Duke Uni(...)

Economics was never this interesting when I was at school.The line-up has been released for next month’s Kilkenomics festival, a four-day economics th(...)