Welcome to the 2023 Kilkenomics Festival.

Click on a show title below to learn more and book your tickets.

Friday 3rd 2023
Saturday 4th 2023
Sunday 5th 2023
Thursday 2nd 2023

The Economics of the New Cold War

The conflict between Israel and Hamas has reawakened cold war cleavages and the powers are taking sides. Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has had serious consequences across the world, sparking food...
Read More
Alexander Kabanovsky
Angelica Oung
Noah Smith
David McWilliams

Evolutionary Economics: The New Frontier?

Traditional economic theories view the economy through the lens of physics with hard and fast laws, but what if the economy behaves far more like biology, adapting adjusting, and mutating...
Read More
Nicholas Gruen
Linda Yueh
Kevin McGahern
David McWilliams
Rory Sutherland

SOLD OUT – What if the Fed Makes a Mistake?

He who controls the money, controls the world. The US Federal Reserve controls the money and is the most important institution in the world, but it is an institution run...
Read More
Joumanna Bercetche
Leah Rose Downey
Paul McCulley
Sony Kapoor
Katie Martin
Karl Spain

SOLD OUT – Economics & Authenticity

We live in an age when the pursuit of authenticity – from living our ‘best life’ to eating artisan food – seems to matter more than ever. Yet the forces...
Read More
Alice Sherwood
Naoise Nunn

Inflation: Who’s to Blame? Greed, Printing or Pandemics?

Inflation has become the number one economic issue everyone is talking about. It affects the value of the money in our pockets and has sparked cost-of-living crises that  in turn...
Read More
Ian Coppinger
Mark Blyth
Leah Rose Downey
Paul McCulley

Inside Ukraine

Former Ukrainian Minister of the Economy and now head of the Kyiv School of Economics, Timofey explains how Ukraine has managed to keep going, why the economy has not collapsed,...
Read More
Yanina Mospanenko
Timofiy Mylovanov
Alexander Kabanovsky
Dylan Moran

Rory Sutherland: How to Get Ahead in Advertising

Why is Red Bull so popular when everyone hates the taste? Why do countdown boards on platforms take away the pain of train delays? And why do we prefer stripy...
Read More
Barry Murphy
Rory Sutherland

SOLD OUT – Narco State or Global Breadbasket? Latin America in the 21st Century

Heading towards chaos or about to reach its potential, in what way is this giant, often forgotten continent heading? Join four economists from the region as they explain to us...
Read More
Martin Angolo
Carolina Alves
Martín Lousteau
Marla Dukharan

SOLD OUT – The David McWilliams Podcast

The aim of David’s podcast, much like Kilkenomics itself, is to make economics easy, uncomplicated, and accessible. With the world at a political, technological, and financial tipping point, economics has...
Read More
John Davis
David McWilliams

Noah Smith: One Man Think Tank

  Noah Smith is a true one-off –  an economist of true brilliance, originality, depth, and range. His substack is unmissable, covering economics, finance, geopolitics, futurology, demography, literature, popular culture,...
Read More
Noah Smith
Naoise Nunn

SOLD OUT – Start Up Ireland

Ireland has been hugely successful at attracting foreign direct investment, particularly from the US, as its companies seek an English-speaking foothold in EU markets. But what about our indigenous businesses?...
Read More
Des Traynor
Paul Hayes
Stephen Kinsella

SOLD OUT – Does Marx Matter?

One hundred and fifty years after the publication of Das Kapital – perhaps the most consequential economics book ever written as it was the blueprint for the central ideological struggle...
Read More
Soumaya Keynes
Branko Milanovic
Mark Blyth
Timofiy Mylovanov
Kevin McGahern

The Next European Crisis

Europe’s – particularly Germany’s – economic model was based on cheap gas, cheap money, and American-policed peace in Europe. Now all three are gone. What’s next? The Israel/ Hamas conflict,...
Read More
Carole Nakhle
Joumanna Bercetche
Leah Rose Downey
Robert Shrimsley
Andrew Maxwell

SOLD OUT – The Economics of a United Ireland

Can we afford it? Can we afford not to unify? Northern Ireland costs the UK Exchequer more than €10 billion a year and, with a huge public sector, it has...
Read More
Michael Cawley
Andrea Catherwood
Cormac Lucey
Dearbhail McDonald

The Sins of Our Fathers

The Balfour Declaration and subsequent Anglo-French Sykes-Picot Agreement carved up the Ottoman Empire and sowed the seeds of the world’s most intractable conflicts. When the British arrived in India, the subcontinent...
Read More
Vikas Nath
Carolina Alves
Sony Kapoor
Robert Shrimsley
Andrew Maxwell
Marla Dukharan

SOLD OUT – The Jilted Generation

Locked out of, not just the housing market, but the rental market too, living with their parents, and thinking about emigrating, what happened to the kids of the Celtic Tiger?...
Read More
Ian Coppinger
Soumaya Keynes
Margaret Samahita
Sean Keyes
Stephen Kinsella

Irish Property Up, Down Sideways

It’s Groundhog Day again…or is it? The rental sector in Ireland has collapsed to a level where houses to let, in Dublin in particular, regularly have queues of hundreds of...
Read More
Sean Keyes
Jennifer O’Connell
Kevin McGahern
Stephen Kinsella

SOLD OUT – New World Order

Nearly 100 years ago, Sean O’Casey’s Juno and the Paycock was staged in Dublin with the immortal line from Captain Boyle: “The whole world is in a state of chassis”....
Read More
John Burn-Murdoch
Vikas Nath
Dylan Moran
Noah Smith
Katie Martin

SOLD OUT – Age of the Strongman

Israel’s Netanyahu and Hamas’ leaders have played strongman cards to their people but to what end? Putin’s colonial adventures in Ukraine are stuttering and may bring about his downfall. Boris Johnson is...
Read More
Martin Angolo
Thomas Frank
Angelica Oung
Martín Lousteau

Big Tech V the Nation State

Who runs the world, Big Tech or elected government? Who wins, data or democracy? We are moving from private capital to surveillance capitalism, where information and everything about you is...
Read More
Des Traynor
Joumanna Bercetche
Mark Blyth
Alice Sherwood
Bobby Healy
Dearbhail McDonald

What did Globalisation Ever do for Us?

As anti-globalisation protests unify both far Left and far Right, we ask, in the most globalised country in the world, what did globalisation ever do for us?  In this session,...
Read More
Alan Beattie
Fiona Frawley
Leah Rose Downey
Sony Kapoor
Peter Antonioni

SOLD OUT – Economics of Dante

Written over 500 years ago, loved by Heaney and Joyce, and the book that was at Samuel Beckett’s bedside when he died, Dante’s Divine Comedy, is regarded as the most...
Read More
Naoise Nunn
David McWilliams

SOLD OUT – Cathedral Thinking : Thinking Long Term in a Short Term World

When Jonas Salk, the scientist who discovered the cure for polio, was asked why he didn’t patent his wonder-drug in order to make his fortune, he replied that he wanted...
Read More
Soumaya Keynes
Stephanie Kelton
Sarah Cullen
Karl Spain

SOLD OUT – Spending Ireland’s Tax Bonanza

Ireland has lucked out! We have more money than we know what to do with it. The fiscal surpluses, stemming from huge corporation tax receipts, constitute an extraordinary opportunity to...
Read More
Sean Keyes
Rachel O’Dwyer
Jennifer O’Connell
Stephen Kinsella

SOLD OUT – Led by Donkeys – The Big Con

In the past few years, more and more elements of government have been outsourced to the Big 4 consultancies. So much so that the government has been infantilised, civil servants’...
Read More
Branko Milanovic
Barry Murphy
Alice Sherwood
Noah Smith

The Great Crashes: Lessons from Global Meltdowns and How to Prevent Them

There is very little that is certain in economics, except this: there will be another financial crisis. But while we may not be able to stop the next one, we...
Read More
Linda Yueh
Naoise Nunn

Keynes VS. Hayek

The two most influential and consequential economists of the 20th century are the touchstones in the global battle for economic ideas in the 21st century. In the teeth of the...
Read More
Colm O’Regan
Paul McCulley
Katie Martin
Peter Antonioni

SOLD OUT – The People Vs The Elite

Tom Frank, the brilliant award-winning American commentator and journalist, insists that populism, far from being the problem of our time, is the cure for most of our ills. Historically, populism...
Read More
Nicholas Gruen
Fiona Frawley
Carolina Alves
Thomas Frank

Economics in the Dock

Long regarded as all-knowing high priests, with their models akin to religious creed, economists are taking a bashing these days. Their reputation is tarnished. Not only did the vast majority...
Read More
Ian Coppinger
Margaret Samahita
Mark Blyth
Stephanie Kelton
Marla Dukharan

SOLD OUT – Artificial Intelligence and Trust: How Do We Get There?

In late 2022, the world was stunned by the advent of generative AI. The potential for Large Language Models (LLMs) to transform how we live and work is immense, but...
Read More
Neil Brady
Des Traynor
Kevin Gildea
Alice Sherwood
Bobby Healy

SOLD OUT – The Economics of Energy

Economics is about energy. No energy, no economy. The war in Ukraine was a warning shot underscoring how dependent we are on cheap energy. From here, energy supplies are uncertain,...
Read More
Carole Nakhle
Eric Lonergan
Angelica Oung
Sarah Cullen
Dearbhail McDonald

Is Ireland full? The Immigration Myth…

Immigration is a huge issue for Ireland. Without migrants, this economy would seize up, but with thousands of people coming to Ireland, many argue we have no place to put...
Read More
Margaret Samahita
Vikas Nath
Stephen Kinsella
Karl Spain

SOLD OUT – Why the Dollar is Still King

Remember all the crypto, tech-bro talk about the end of the dollar? The Green-back was finished, destroyed by its own creator the Fed that was printing it out of existence!...
Read More
Paul McCulley
Katie Martin
Naoise Nunn
Martín Lousteau
Marla Dukharan

After Gaza: What’s next for BRICS Vs. NATO?

The Israeli/Palestinian conflict has divided the world along the BRICS V NATO lines. The US and the EU, basically NATO, have lined up behind Israel, while the rest of the...
Read More
Isabella Weber
Alan Beattie
Branko Milanovic
Mark Blyth
Andrea Catherwood

Fantasy Finance Minister: How to Start a Country & How to Fund It

Just over 100 years ago, Ireland became an independent state.  In the same year,  the Soviet Union was founded. Two very contrasting events, both facing the common challenge of establishing...
Read More
Nicholas Gruen
Rachel O’Dwyer
Timofiy Mylovanov
Paddy Cullivan

SOLD OUT – Why Countries Get Rich

The essential question in all development economics: why are some countries rich and others poor? Can countries catch up? And, once prosperous, can a country slip back? And how can...
Read More
Joumanna Bercetche
Vikas Nath
Rosie Holt
Carolina Alves

SOLD OUT – Don’t Cry for Me Argentina

It was once the 7th richest country on the planet, today Argentina is the 87th richest. What happened to this amazing country, one with more natural resources than almost anywhere...
Read More
Naoise Nunn
Martín Lousteau

The Economics of Our Burning World

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. What is the...
Read More
Carole Nakhle
Barry Murphy
Sarah Cullen
Sony Kapoor

Can Crypto Ever Come Back?

After a disastrous year, cryptocurrencies have faced much criticism as being  Ponzi schemes and pump-and-dump scams, but what is the bigger picture? What is the future for the blockchain technology...
Read More
Ian Coppinger
Alan Beattie
Rachel O’Dwyer
Bobby Healy
Katie Martin

Interests Rates Up or Down

Inflation is still rampant.  Sure, it’s coming down but not so quickly, and yet interest rates continue to rise, but  (apart from the US)  growth is weak. The euro and...
Read More
Linda Yueh
Leah Rose Downey
Paul McCulley
Eric Lonergan
Andrew Maxwell

Telling Stories with Data

John Burn Murdoch,  one of the world’s best explainers of global economics, uses data and graphics to brilliant effect. He first shot to prominence during the pandemic, bringing arcane modeling...
Read More
Sean Keyes
John Burn-Murdoch
Andrea Catherwood
Robert Shrimsley

SOLD OUT – Peak China

For years it was assumed that the 21st century would belong to China. In a race to get rich before it gets old, China is stumbling. The economy has stalled,...
Read More
Linda Yueh
Angelica Oung
Sony Kapoor
Andrew Maxwell

The Great British Break Off: The UK After Brexit

Now the Queen is Dead, what’s keeping the UK together?  The great English nationalist project has finally delivered an exit from the EU. What are the unintended consequences of Brexit...
Read More
John Burn-Murdoch
Rosie Holt
Stephen Kinsella

SOLD OUT – Economics of the Middle East

Hosted by Andrea Catherwood With Carole Nakhle, Robert Shrimsley, Nicholas Gruen The Middle East is once again in terrible turmoil and millions of civilians are in mortal peril as the...
Read More
Carole Nakhle
Nicholas Gruen
Andrea Catherwood
Robert Shrimsley

Trump Part 2: The Nightmare

He’s back and this time he’s even more angry. He’s topping the Republican polls, is even more rogue – if that were possible. What does the return of Donald Trump...
Read More
Fiona Frawley
Thomas Frank
Leah Rose Downey
Martín Lousteau

SOLD OUT – Soccernomics

Soccer, the biggest sport in the world, plaything of dodgy sheiks and corrupt oligarchs, is in crisis. Have sponsorship, television rights, outrageous salaries, and ticket prices ruined that one sacred...
Read More
Branko Milanovic
Roddy Collins
Paul Howard
Kevin Gildea
Peter Antonioni

The Cash Clinic 2024: Making Money in a Madcap Market

What to do with your money in 2024? Property, stocks, bonds – which way are the markets going? What important macroeconomic policy swings can we expect over the next twelve...
Read More
Michael Cawley
Paul Greatbatch
Rosie Holt
Paul McCulley
Katie Martin

The Psychology of Money

Money is probably the most misunderstood subject, particularly amongst economists! In fact, we have a sneaking suspicion that most economists don’t understand money, its energy, its power, and what it...
Read More
Linda Yueh
Rachel O’Dwyer
Eric Lonergan
Sony Kapoor

Get Up, Stand Up! How Jamaica Turned Itself Around

Jamaica is rising. For years the Caribbean island was dogged by debts, defaults, and capital flight. Not anymore. Jamaica is on the up and it’s a role model for other...
Read More
Derek Jones
Martin Angolo
Marla Dukharan

Homes and Hierarchy

The world is divided into two camps, those who own their homes and those who don’t. Homeowners have seen their status, wealth, and influence rise rapidly over the past decade;...
Read More
Sean Keyes
Joumanna Bercetche
Robert Shrimsley
Dearbhail McDonald

Show Me the Money

These two women, Professors Stephanie Kelton and Isabella Weber, are leading economic revolutionaries. The two most influential female voices in global economics are challenging all the conventions of mainstream economics on money, central...
Read More
Isabella Weber
Stephanie Kelton
David McWilliams

Start Up Wake: Killing Start-Ups Humanely to Save the World: A Flounder’s Presentation

Beachhut PR CEO Paul Hayes sees more value in learning from failure than marveling at the success of others, and this is where he came up with the idea for...
Read More
Michael Cawley
Des Traynor
Paul Hayes
Bobby Healy

Affluenza: Ross O’Carroll Kelly’s Guide to Property

The Rossmeister on housing- what’s not to love? Bringing his legendary talent, wisdom, and nous to the housing crisis, Ross charts a way out of this ‘focking’ mess. Don’t miss...
Read More
Paul Howard

Jargon Busting

Jargon Busting is Kilkenomics in a nutshell – making economics accessible, understandable, and cutting through the bullshit! It’s always one of our fastest-selling shows with its mix of economics definitions,...
Read More
Ian Coppinger
Rosie Holt
Fiona Frawley
Peter Antonioni
Stephen Kinsella
Karl Spain
Marla Dukharan

SOLD OUT – The Ormonde Brunch

Consistently the fastest-selling show at Kilkenomics, our Sunday brunch returns to the Ormonde with world-class panelists and razor-sharp comedians divining the entrails of the newspapers and ruminating on the events...
Read More
Dylan Moran
Fiona Frawley
Thomas Frank
Eric Lonergan
Katie Martin
Dearbhail McDonald

SOLD OUT – Ballroom Brunch

Consistently the fastest-selling show at Kilkenomics, our Sunday brunch returns to the Ballroom with world-class panelists and razor-sharp comedians divining the entrails of the newspapers and ruminating on the events...
Read More
Alison Spittle
Colm O’Regan
Angelica Oung
Peter Antonioni
Robert Shrimsley

I CAN’T BELIEVE ITS NOT IRELAND

Imagine this. It’s 2032 and Ireland is a new country. There’s a new flag. A new anthem. As Unionists holiday in the south for the first time, and southerners discover...
Read More
Paddy Cullivan

Four Big Ideas to Change Ireland

It’s Sunday afternoon, you’ve heard and digested loads, now let’s come up with four big economic ideas that could change this country. Ireland has been transformed over the past two...
Read More
Sean Keyes
Andrea Catherwood
Eric Lonergan
Alison Spittle
David McWilliams

Girls on Top

Economic analysis will only improve when women are better represented in economics, a discipline that incorporates history, politics, philosophy, and science. Its methodologies are mostly mathematical, without a grasp of...
Read More
Margaret Samahita
Nicholas Gruen
Alice Sherwood
Angelica Oung
Naoise Nunn

The World in 2023: Reasons to be Cheerful – The Positive Economist

After all the doom and gloom of the events of the weekend; after all the economists referring to one hand and then the other; and after all the sighs of...
Read More
Michael Cawley
Colm O’Regan
Thomas Frank
Alison Spittle
David McWilliams
Marla Dukharan

SOLD OUT – Inflation, Interest Rates and Central Banks: A Perfect Economic Storm

The European Central Bank has increased interest rates ten times in two years and inflation is still way above its own 2% target. Meanwhile, neither the US Fed nor the...
Read More
Stephanie Kelton
Kevin Gildea
Paul McCulley
Sony Kapoor

The Privatisation of Stress

21st-century capitalist culture demands people to be more resilient to the stresses of modern life, maximising the shareholder value of their employers at great personal cost. Therapies, drugs, and wellness...
Read More
Niall Breslin
David McWilliams

SOLD OUT – Is Putin Winning?

With Ukraine’s counteroffensive stalling, is Putin back in control? The G20 is split. Although NATO is committed, India, China and many African economies are hedging their bets. A long war...
Read More
Timofiy Mylovanov
Alexander Kabanovsky
Dylan Moran
Thomas Frank

PASCHAL DONOHOE in conversation with Colm O’Regan

Currently Minister for Public Expenditure and National Development Plan Delivery and Reform, Paschal Donohoe  held the Finance portfolio in the current Government between 2017 and last year. He has also...
Read More
Paschal Donohoe
Colm O’Regan

Five Mega-Trends Shaping our World

The conflict between Israel and Hamas is threatening to destabilise the Middle East and the global order. What are the emerging themes and threads that will define the coming era...
Read More
Stephanie Kelton
Colm O’Regan
Angelica Oung
Robert Shrimsley
Rory Sutherland