Welcome to the 2019 Kilkenomics Festival.

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Thursday 7th Nov
Friday 8th Nov
Saturday 9th Nov
Sunday 10th Nov

BBC WORLD SERVICE RADIO – In the Balance FREE

Come along and take part in a recording of the BBC World Service radio programme In the Balance. With the BBC’s Rory Cellan-Jones, Colm O’Regan, David McWilliams, Matina Stevis-Gridneff and Bill...
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Rory Cellan-Jones
Matina Stevis-Gridneff
Bill Black
David McWilliams
Colm O’Regan

Why Are We Waiting and What Can We Do?The Economics of Climate Change

One generation gets it, do you? It’s the burning issue of our age but who – apart from the young – takes it seriously? Are you prepared to give up...
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Cara Augustenborg
Matina Stevis-Gridneff
Peter Antonioni
Bill Black
David McWilliams

Goodbye USA – The End of the American Century

Twenty years ago, the USA stood imperious, the world’s only superpower, the master of the markets, the victor. Today it stands on the verge of a recession, run by a...
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Peter Antonioni
Bill Black
David McWilliams
Colm O’Regan
Dearbhail McDonald

The Politics of Anger: How to Rebuild Global Economics Sold Out

The Western World has now seen a decade of austerity – a response to a financial crash caused by untrammelled greed, lax regulation and the all-consuming need for ever greater...
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Carolina Alves
Peter Antonioni
Karl Spain
Dearbhail McDonald
Liam Halligan

1931: Debt, Crisis and the Rise of Hitler Sold Out

Swiss historian Tobias Straumann’s new book focuses on the moment when the fragile political and financial order restored after the first world war came apart. We commonly view the Wall...
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Tobias Straumann
Gerard Stembridge

Dan Ariely in conversation with David McWilliams

We are delighted to welcome the wonderfully erudite, best-selling author, behavioural economist Professor Dan Ariely back to Kilkenomics for our 10th edition. Dan is a unique talent, a brilliant thinker...
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Dan Ariely
David McWilliams

The World in 2020

This year has seen some extraordinary developments across the world, some of which not even our esteemed Kilkenomics contributors will have predicted one year ago. From Brexit to Hong Kong,...
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Joanne McNally
Justin Wolfers
Matina Stevis-Gridneff
Joris Luyendijk
Vikas Nath
Robert Shrimsley

Democracy to Dictatorship: How to Lose a Country

Don’t miss a cracking bill of Turkish writer and journalist Ece Temelkuran, historian Tobias Straumann, British Sudanese columnist Nesrine Malik and journalist Simon Kuper as they discuss how both populism...
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Tobias Straumann
Ece Temelkuran
Konstantin Kisin
Simon Kuper

Vultures, Cuckoos and Shadow Banking: The New Threat to Ireland’s Property Market Sold Out

Most reasonable people think of the place they live – a flat or a house – as their home – a permanent roof over their head. Generally, they rent their...
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Stephen Kinsella
Bill Black
Catriona Cahill
Colm O’Regan
Constantin Gurdgiev

Alchemy: The Surprising Power of Ideas that Don’t Make Sense

Why is Red Bull so popular – even though everyone hates the taste? Why do countdown boards on platforms take away the pain of train delays? And why do we...
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David McWilliams
Rory Sutherland

Dominic Frisby: How Tax Has Shaped the Past and Will Change the Future

Dominic Frisby is the world’s only financial writer and comedian. His comedy has been described as “viciously inventive” by the Guardian and “mercurially witty” by the Spectator. He is known...
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Naoise Nunn
Dominic Frisby

Samantha Power: THE EDUCATION OF AN IDEALIST Sold Out

Pulitzer Prize winner Samantha Power, widely known as a relentless advocate for promoting human rights, has been heralded by President Barack Obama as one of America’s “foremost thinkers on foreign...
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Samantha Power
Colm O’Regan

It’s the Economy, Honey: The Economics of Family Life

Ever feel that your family is an entire micro economy of its own? Well it is and what’s more, it’s the subject of fascinating new research, who pays the bills,...
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Betsey Stevenson
Justin Wolfers
Alison Spittle

TV: Too Big to Fail? Sold Out

In the world of Netflix, Amazon Prime, Disney, Apple and other giant streamers, is the game up for linear television as we know it?  What are the economic models at...
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Hugh Linehan
Des Bishop
Peter Antonioni

The Kremlin Playbook and the Economics of Populism

Twenty years this year an unknown KGB officer, Vladimir Putin came to power in Russia. He has changed the world by putting Russia and later the world on a collision...
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Gerard MacCarthy
Roula Khalaf
Tobias Straumann
Konstantin Kisin
Robert Shrimsley
Constantin Gurdgiev

The Economics of Climate Change Sold Out

Climate change is, at its core, the most monumental failure of economics. The world is being destroyed because the market can’t put a price on the planet. So every time...
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Nesrine Malik
Pauline McLynn
Cara Augustenborg
Justin Wolfers
Dan Ariely

For Whom the Bell Tolls: Europe After Brexit Sold Out

So much has been said about the effect of Brexit on Ireland and the UK, but what about other countries in Europe such as the Netherlands, for example? Does this...
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Abi Adams-Prassi
Colm McCarthy
Matina Stevis-Gridneff
Simon Kuper
Karl Spain

Paul Krugman in conversation with David McWilliams

Making his hugely-anticipated Kilkenomics debut, economics Nobel Laureate Paul Krugman is professor of economics and international affairs at Princeton University, Centenary Professor at the London School of Economics and an...
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Paul Krugman
David McWilliams

Just Print More Money: How Central Banks Can Make or Break Economies

The newest thing in economics is Modern Monetary Theory (MMT) which offers a realistic prospect of printing money to solve our problems. If we could print money to bail out...
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Katie Martin
Yanis Varoufakis
Vikas Nath
Konstantin Kisin
Marla Dukharan

Fixing the Housing Crisis. Are Ireland’s Housing Problems Unique and What Can We Learn from Other Countries? Sold Out

Why can’t we build enough houses cheaply? And is this unique to Ireland? We understand the underlying problems with property, land hoarding, planning permission delays, NIMBY-ism, a growing young population,...
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Justin Wolfers
Kevin Gildea
Stephen Kinsella
Bill Black
Catriona Cahill

Britannia Rules the Waves or just Waives the Rules? The United Kingdom after Brexit Sold Out

What will happen to the UK after Brexit? The Brexiteers speak of this glorious post-Brexit world which lies on the sunlight uplands just beyond the Withdrawal Agreement. It is a...
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Roula Khalaf
Joris Luyendijk
Robert Shrimsley
Karl Spain
Rory Sutherland

Power in the West Wing

Samantha Power and Betsey Stevenson were amongst the youngest of President Obama’s inner circle, Power advising the President on foreign affairs and human rights, Stevenson on economics and in particular...
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Betsey Stevenson
Samantha Power
David McWilliams

Have we reached peak capitalism? Sold Out

Peak or late stage capitalism has brought us a brand selling jeans with fake mud; “smart” water selling for €12 a litre and one person – Jeff Bezos – having...
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Paul Krugman
Colm O’Regan
Mehreen Khan
Liam Halligan
Linda Yueh

The Age of Football : The Economics of the Beautiful Game

In the twenty-first century football is first. First among sports themselves, but it now commands the allegiance, interest and engagement of more people in more places than any other phenomenon....
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David Goldblatt
Gerard Stembridge

Extreme Economies

What does economics look like to people living at the world’s margins. From disaster zones and displaced societies to failed states and hidden rainforest communities, the lives of people who...
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Richard Davies
Roula Khalaf
Carolina Alves
Matina Stevis-Gridneff
Kevin Gildea

The Great British Break-off

This show will take place a week after Boris Johnson’s pledge to take Britain out of the EU. So, either our panel will be picking over the bones of a...
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Yanis Varoufakis
Joris Luyendijk
Konstantin Kisin
Mehreen Khan
Liam Halligan
Linda Yueh

Animal Spirits – The Contrary Economics of Human Behaviour

Economics is based on the notion that man is rational, scientific and analytical; but how realistic is this notion? Indeed, have you ever met a rational human being like this?...
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Abi Adams-Prassi
Dan Ariely
Gerard Stembridge
Rory Sutherland

Crude Nation: How Oil Wealth Ruined Venezuela and What the Future Holds

The story of Venezuela is one of Latin America’s most tragic. Home to massive oil resources, and once considered the region’s wealthiest country, Venezuela is today a nation in self-inflicted...
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Nesrine Malik
Carolina Alves
Naoise Nunn
Vikas Nath
Constantin Gurdgiev

Five Major Must Know Trends for 2020 and beyond

Are you ready for the third decade? The third decade of the 21st century is nearly upon us but what is in store? From populism, to taxes, inequality, property markets,...
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Colm McCarthy
Roula Khalaf
Betsey Stevenson
David McWilliams
Robert Shrimsley

Tax Cuts, Trade Wars and America First: The Economics of Donald TrumpSold Out

We understand what Trumpism is when it comes to society, race issues and America’s relations with its neighbours, but what exactly is the economics of America First? It’s tax cuts,...
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Betsey Stevenson
Bill Black
Colm O’Regan
Liam Halligan

The Kilkenomics Big Money Gameshow with Dominic Frisby!

Test your economics in the Kilkenomics Big Money Gameshow. There a loads of big prizes to be won – including solid silver bars, bitcoin cash, a year’s subscription to Moneyweek...
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Dominic Frisby

The Life and Death of Economics

Is the game up for economics? How do we rethink the whole science to make it more relevant? Is it even a science at all? Can it be used to...
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Yanis Varoufakis
Dan Ariely
Paul Krugman
David McWilliams

Crypto-Currency: The World’s Greatest Financial Revolution or a Bubble About to Burst?

‘Crypto’ is back and this time it isn’t going away. Yes, Bitcon is volatile again and will remain so, but when the entire economic establishment is in unison against you,...
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Katie Martin
Rory Cellan-Jones
Dominic Frisby
Marla Dukharan

The Economics of Cities

This year for the first time in human history more people will live in cities than in the countryside. Fifty years ago, twice as many people lived in rural parts...
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Nesrine Malik
Richard Davies
Kevin Gildea
Catriona Cahill
Linda Yueh

Jargon Busting Sold Out

Another of our fastest-selling shows at Kilkenomics, Jargon Busting returns for 2019. We are delighted to welcome the return of the hugely popular and greatly enjoyable mash-up of comedy and...
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PJ Gallagher
Alison Spittle
Peter Antonioni
Cormac Lucey
Colm O’Regan
Mehreen Khan
Karl Spain

The Langton’s Brunch hosted by PJ Gallagher Sold Out

Consistently the fastest-selling shows at Kilkenomics, our Sunday brunches return with world-class panelists and razor-sharp comedians divining the entrails of the newspapers and ruminating on the events of the weekend...
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PJ Gallagher
Alison Spittle
Cormac Lucey
Marla Dukharan

The Ormonde Brunch hosted by Gerry Stembridge Sold Out

Consistently the fastest-selling shows at Kilkenomics, our Sunday brunches return with world-class panelists and razor-sharp comedians divining the entrails of the newspapers and ruminating on the events of the weekend...
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Cara Augustenborg
Catriona Cahill
Simon Kuper
Karl Spain
Gerard Stembridge

The Continental Brunch

What could make a Sunday in Kilkenny better than enjoying a coffee and croissant (or tea and a bun) in the company of some of the finest minds in economics...
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Pauline McLynn
Joanne McNally
Des Bishop
Peter Antonioni
Konstantin Kisin
Mehreen Khan

Paddy Cullivan; The Joy of Brex

Musician, Satirist and Historical entertainer Paddy Cullivan takes us through current events using song, story and amazing visuals. A unique and hilarious worldview that tries to get us to see...
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Paddy Cullivan

Reasons to be Cheerful: The Kilkenomics Finale

After all the doom and gloom of the events of the weekend; after all the economists referring to one hand and then the other; after all the sighs of despair...
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Des Bishop
David McWilliams
Liam Halligan
Marla Dukharan