New Zealand prime minister Jacinda Ardern: current taxation system is ‘not fair’, she said. Photograph: Arnd Wiegmann/Reuters

There’s a certain type of pragmatic pessimist in Silicon Valley that loves New Zealand so much they have their eye on bolting there in the event of an(...)

Finns who took part in the basic income trial were happier

Finland’s basic income scheme did not spur its unemployed recipients to work more to supplement their earnings as hoped but it did help their wellbein(...)

Workers in the domestic sector, which excludes multinationals such as Apple, added an average €47.87 to the value of the economy for every hour they worked in 2017, which  was less than the OECD average. Photograph: EPA

Irish workers may be only half as productive as OECD data published earlier this week suggests, according to figures from the Central Statistics Offic(...)

An hour spent working for Apple, Google or Facebook creates more value in pure financial terms than an hour spent working for a firm in a more traditional industry. Photograph:  Peter Muhly/AFP/Getty Images

Without a significant change in work patterns or a major increase in hours worked, Irish workers have become the most productive on the planet. Acco(...)

In Ireland, workers add an average of $99.50 (€87) to the value of the economy every hour they work, according to the OECD. Photograph: Suzie Howell/New York Times

Irish workers are now officially the most productive in the world, adding an average of $99.50 (€87) to the value of the economy every hour they work,(...)

Prince William and David Attenborough at a session at the annual meeting of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. Photograph: Gian Ehrenzeller/Keystone via AP

Donald Trump, the biggest attraction at the 2018 Davos jamboree, resorted to a satellite link-up and his favourite social media platform to keep in to(...)

Concerns were raised that new  legislation – which includes a requirement for ‘dual criminality’ – fell short of the OECD’s Convention on Combating Bribery of Foreign Public Officials

Newly introduced white collar crime legislation that attracted criticism for measures on bribery offences is to be reviewed by the Organisation for Ec(...)

The euro sign outside the former HQ of the ECB in Frankfurt. Central Bank governor Philip Lane says it is too soon to discuss the timing of any interest rate increase. Photograph: Kai Pfaffenbach/Reuters

Can I afford to buy my own home? Low housing supply – and its inflationary effect on Irish house prices – has lately been the first explanation for wh(...)

Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe confirmed   that a new agreement between  Revenue   and the Maltese tax authorities will close the loophole. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw

Revenue is closing a loophole that allows US multinationals to avoid tax by channelling cash through Malta. Using a structure dubbed the “single malt(...)

While the number of new homes being built has risen significantly it still remains well short of the level required to meet annual demand. Photograph: Artur Widak/NurPhoto via Getty Images

The study by the Economic and Social Research Institute (ESRI) which shows that Ireland will need an influx of foreign workers to meet the State’s hou(...)

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