Burnt out: most people have jobs that are not a fun pastime but something they have to do. Illustration: iStock/Getty

For the past year and a half, most people have fallen into one of three categories: the unemployed, whose jobs disappeared during lockdown; the work-f(...)

As the boundaries dissolve, does it make work feel better, or leisure feel worse? Illustration: iStock

One puzzle of modern life is that so many of us feel short of time, even though we work less than our forebears. In the 19th century, unions campaigne(...)

The Big Deal: The only judge in this crowd worthy of being on a Talent Show Supreme Court is probably comedian Deirdre O’Kane

When I was first asked to write about The Big Deal, I wrote, of course, about the importance of countercyclical stimulus packages in periods of econom(...)

Friedrich Hayek’s views on the Great Depression didn’t get much intellectual traction at the time. His fame came with the publication of his 1944 political tract The Road to Serfdom.

Remember Austrian economics? In the aftermath of the 2008 financial crisis, a number of conservatives rejected Keynesian economic prescriptions and cl(...)

The cyclically adjusted earnings yield on the S&P 500 is only 2.6%. This is at crash-warning levels, by historical standards. Photograph: iStock

“Never make forecasts, especially about the future.” Nobody knows who said this first. The point, however, is that we have to make forecasts, or at le(...)

The Federal Reserve building in Washington, DC. US stocks were back at all-time highs last week. Photograph: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg

For investors, good news is bad news at the moment – or is it? It depends on what part of the world you’re talking about, says Schwab strategist Jeff(...)

Ireland is borrowing at a rate of 0.19 per cent for 10 years, constituting an enormous opportunity to finance the country. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

The difficulty lies not so much in developing new ideas as in escaping from old ones. John Maynard Keynes This week, the Irish Fiscal Advisory Counci(...)

The business culture of brazen self-interest may persist unless good business schools make a break from promulgating the impoverished conception of success as mere profit, power and celebrity.

“For at least another hundred years, we must pretend to ourselves and to everyone that fair is foul and foul is fair; for foul is useful and fair is n(...)

Michael McGrath: he  said it was “inevitable”  there would be tax increases at some point in the current Government’s lifetime

While we may have escaped any personal tax rises in October’s budget, it is reasonable to wonder if the Government is merely holding fire for another (...)

Has the time come to kick our frenzied work habit? Yes, says anthropologist James Suzman. Photograph: Getty Images/iStock

To those accustomed to the comforts of first-world living, the lives of hunter-gatherers look tough and basic. In many ways they were but in one resp(...)

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