Paul Krugman

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A screengrab from one of the ads created by  lobby group  The RATE Coalition who are calling for the US Congress to reduce its corporate tax rate.

A group of American businesses are literally toasting Ireland’s low corporate tax rate in a series of online ads aimed at putting pressure on the US c(...)

“Obviously the figure of 26 per cent is unprecedented and significantly stronger than the previous estimate of 7.8 per cent, but it is important to note it is due to exceptional factors’’

The revised growth rate by the Central Statistics Office (CSO) of 26 per cent in 2015 did not reflect economic reality, Taoiseach Enda Kenny told the (...)

“We left our shillelaghs at the door beside the umbrellas, still marvelling at the supernatural genius of Michael Noonan’s little mandarins who managed to switch on a rainbow over Merrion Street for us.” File photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

And so to the Department of Finance where Baldy O’Gill and the Little People (Paschal “Pixie” Donohoe and Eoghan “Gnome” Murphy) were presenting the (...)

Economist Paul Krugman: In a tweet to his 1.5 million followers, the Nobel laureate  described the CSO  data release as “leprechaun economics”, adding that “it doesn’t make sense”.  Photograph:  Franck Robichon/Pool

When it comes to handing out awards later this year for the best piece of fiction in the Irish market, the Central Statistics Office could be well in (...)

The changes are unlikely to affect Minister for Finance Michael Noonan’s proposed budgetary adjustment of €1 billion

Central Bank governor Philip Lane has raised concerns about the level of economic growth recorded in Ireland for 2015, which has been revised up to 26(...)

Paul Krugman does not go ignored in Japan. Photograph: Reuters/Franck Robichon/Pool
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Image of the week: Rock-star economist Paul Krugman is big in Japan. The Nobel Prize-winning economist was in Tokyo this week to have a chat about (...)

Once renewable energy becomes an obvious success anti-environmentalism will start to lose its political grip

So what’s really at stake in this year’s US election? Well, among other things, the fate of the planet. Last year was the hottest on record, by a wid(...)

If we could start from scratch perhaps most health economists would recommend single-payer, a Medicare-type programme covering everyone

Health reform is the signature achievement of the Obama presidency. It was the biggest expansion of the social safety net since Medicare was establish(...)

US Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton hugs supporters after her introduction at a ‘town hall meeting’ at the Orpheum Theatre in Sioux City, Iowa. Photograph: Jim Young/Reuters

Hillary Clinton’s campaign workers at the Orpheum Theatre busily sign up supporters to commit their vote to the Democrat in the first nominating conte(...)

The US Federal Reserve building in Washington DC. The real profile in courage was the Fed’s behaviour in 2010-11 when it stood fast in the face of demands that it tighten policy.  Photograph: AFP Photo

According to economist Kevin O’Rourke, who has been doing a running comparison between the Great Depression that began in 1929 and the Great Recession(...)

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