Welcome to the 2022 Kilkenomics Festival.

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Thurs 3rd Nov
Friday 4th Nov
Saturday 5th Nov
Sunday 6th Nov

The Politics of War

Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has had serious consequences across the world, sparking food shortages, energy crises and inflation that have destabilised economies. However, Ukraine’s success in resisting that invasion have...
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Alexander Kabanovsky
Vikas Nath
Dylan Moran
Angelica Oung
Simon Kuper

***SOLD OUT **** Ireland’s Next Government

All the polls and conventional wisdom suggest Sinn Féin will form the next Government in Ireland but not “themselves alone”. Who will form the inevitable coalition and what economic policies...
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Jennifer O’Connell
Barry Murphy
Stephen Kinsella
David McWilliams

***SOLD OUT*** Five Mega-Trends Shaping our World

  What are the emerging themes and threads that will define the coming era of finance, geo-politics and economics across the globe? Our panel looks at the known knowns, the...
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Barry Murphy
Carolina Alves
Annabelle Williams
Martín Lousteau
Marla Dukharan

The 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”....
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Vikas Nath
Dylan Moran
Nassim Nicholas Taleb
Katie Martin
David McWilliams

***SOLD OUT***: Tech, Taxes and Talent- Ireland: Start-up Nation

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 own indigenous...
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Paul Hayes
Colm O’Regan
Bobby Healy
Stephen Kinsella
Catriona Cahill

Crypto After the Crash

After a disastrous year, cryptocurrencies have faced much criticism as being a Ponzi scheme and a pump and dump scam, but what is the bigger picture? What is the future...
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Alison Spittle
Oisín Kyne
Stephen Diehl
Lory Kehoe
Katie Martin

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

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

Edible Economics : Ha-Joon Chang in conversation with Suzanna Campbell

In his book Edible Economics, Ha-Joon makes challenging economic ideas more palatable by plating them alongside stories about food from around the world. He uses histories behind familiar food items...
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Suzanne Campbell
Ha-Joon Chang

***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...
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John Davis
David McWilliams

***SOLD OUT***UK- Little Englanders, Big Spoofers?

Social, regional and educationally divided, what about the economic plan? Is there any?  Now that there’s a new Prime Minister and a new King, what are the real opportunities for...
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Barry Murphy
Andrea Catherwood
Robert Shrimsley
Simon Kuper
Mehreen Khan

Economics and Authenticity

We live in an age when the pursuit of authenticity – from living our ‘best life’ to eating artisan food – matters more and more to us, but where the...
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Alice Sherwood
Naoise Nunn

Keynes Vs. Hayek in the 21st Century

  The two most influential and consequential economists of the 20th century find themselves part of the global battle of ideas in the 21st century. In the teeth of the...
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Martin Angolo
Ha-Joon Chang
Leah Rose Downey
Peter Antonioni
Martín Lousteau

***SOLD OUT***Misbehaviour and Animal Spirits: The Economics of Human Nature

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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Jennifer O’Connell
Nassim Nicholas Taleb
Rory Sutherland

**SOLD OUT**Yanis Varoufakis in conversation with David McWilliams

Economist, former Greek Finance Minister and Kilkenomics repeat offender, Yanis is a member of the Hellenic Parliament in Athens and secretary general of MeRA25, the left wing political party he...
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Yanis Varoufakis
David McWilliams

Paul McCulley: The Future of Finance

Paul McCulley is a former Managing Director at PIMCO and a legend of the industry, having helped coin phrases such as “shadow banking” and the “Minsky moment.” A Kilkenomics favourite,...
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Paul McCulley

***SOLD OUT***: The Economics of a United Ireland

Can we afford it? Can we afford not to? Northern Ireland costs the UK Exchequer more than €10 billion a year, has a huge public sector and has much lower...
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Andrea Catherwood
Andrea Binder
Eric Lonergan
David McWilliams
Robert Shrimsley

***SOLD OUT***The Coming Irish Housing Crash

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...
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Bill Badbody
Stephen Kinsella
Cormac Lucey
Catriona Cahill

The Economics of Russia’s War

Vladimir Putin’s imperialistic invasion of Ukraine and its devastating human and economic costs there have also triggered far reaching economic consequences for Russia, Europe and the rest of the world....
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Nassim Nicholas Taleb
Javier Blas
Aditi Sahasrabuddhe
Colm O’Regan

Diary of a Hedgefund Manager

Surfing on the beaches of St. Barts in the morning, investing in luxury real estate in the afternoon and economic commentary for Bloomberg in the evening, founder of Eclectica Asset...
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Alison Spittle
Hugh Hendry

***SOLD OUT***The Age of the Strongman Ending?

Putin’s soldiers are getting their arses handed to them in Ukraine. Trump’s fortunes are flagging, even the inauguration of President Xi seems like the end not the beginning. Boris is...
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Martin Angolo
Vikas Nath
Thomas Frank
Angelica Oung
Martín Lousteau

***SOLD OUT***The End of Globalisation? What’s Next?

There was a time when globalisation seemed the only game in town and the inevitable endgame of all global economics. But strongman economics, trade wars, nativist governments, geo-political turmoil and...
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Fiona Frawley
Nassim Nicholas Taleb
Leah Rose Downey
Sony Kapoor
Peter Antonioni

***SOLD OUT***Is Ireland Really a Tax Haven?

Ireland went from being a poor country to being a rich one in a generation, how? Are we just a tax haven on the make? Voices on the Left and...
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Colm O’Regan
Lorcan Roche Kelly
Andrea Binder
Stephen Kinsella
Marla Dukharan

***SOLD OUT***The Return of Left Wing Economics?

Kevin McGahern
Katie Martin
Yanis Varoufakis
Liam Halligan

***SOLD OUT***Economics of Ulysses and Leopold Bloom

“In the opening pages of Calypso in Ulysses, we see a fertile economic imagination at work. Once outside his Eccles Street home, at 8am on June 16 1904, Bloom’s first...
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Naoise Nunn
David McWilliams

Back to the Future: 1970s or bust?

A decade marred not just by flared trousers, bad haircuts and dodgy orchestral rock, but also by mass unemployment, soaring inflation, an energy crisis and the end of the Keynesian...
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Dylan Moran
Hugh Hendry
Leah Rose Downey
Paul McCulley
Sony Kapoor

***SOLD OUT***Why do Elites hate Populism?

Far from being the problem of our time, Tom Frank the brilliant award-winning American commentator and journalist,  insists that populism is the cure for most of our ills. Historically, Populism...
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Fiona Frawley
Thomas Frank
Aditi Sahasrabuddhe
Liam Halligan
Marla Dukharan

Nassim Nicholas Taleb: Reflections

A friend of Kilkenomics, Nassim Nicholas Taleb spent 21 years as a risk taker (quantitative  trader) before becoming a researcher in philosophical, mathematical and (mostly) practical problems with probability. Taleb...
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Nassim Nicholas Taleb
David McWilliams

***SOLD OUT***Chums : How a How a Tiny Caste of Oxford Tories Took Over the UK

Westminster and Whitehall are swarming with old Oxonians. They’ve attended the same balls and black tie dinners. Eleven of the 15 postwar British prime ministers went to Oxford, including his...
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Rosie Holt
Simon Kuper

***SOLD OUT***Checkmate: Germany and Russia

How did Germany end up hostage to Russia? is this the greatest strategic blunder since Operation Barbarossa and what does it mean for the much vaunted German industrial miracle. Or...
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Alexander Kabanovsky
Andrea Binder
Yanis Varoufakis

1922: The Year the Modern World Began

Ezra Pound declared that 1922 was the year the modern world began, meaning it was the year the 20th century really began. Could 2022 be seen as the year the...
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Andrea Catherwood
Thomas Frank
Peter Antonioni
David McWilliams

***SOLD OUT***Keeping the Lights on – The Economics of Energy

This is the winter of our discontent. Can we make it to St Patrick’s Day? Energy bills are set to double at least, energy supplies are uncertain, energy companies on...
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Kevin McGahern
Javier Blas
Angelica Oung
Sarah Cullen
Sony Kapoor

Fantasy Finance Minister: How to start a country and how to fund it

100 years ago, in 1922, Ireland became an independent state and the Soviet Union was founded. Two very contrasting events, both facing the common challenge of establishing and funding a...
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Lorcan Roche Kelly
Paddy Cullivan
Martín Lousteau
Bill Black
Robert Shrimsley

***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...
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Paul McCulley
Katie Martin
Naoise Nunn
Marla Dukharan

***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 or not? And once prosperous, can a country slip back and...
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Rosie Holt
Yuan Yang
Carolina Alves
Yanis Varoufakis

Scorched Earth: The Economics of Climate Change

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 what is...
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Dylan Moran
Andrea Binder
Eric Lonergan
Sarah Cullen
Sony Kapoor

Distorting Reality: Economics in the age of Surveillance Capitalism

How have the traditional media of newspapers and broadcasters adapted to the Internet Age? The answer is mixed. Facebook, Twitter and Google are just some of the behemoths who have...
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Jennifer O’Connell
Alice Sherwood
Stephen Diehl
Mehreen Khan
Rory Sutherland

***SOLD OUT***Caught in a Trap? What do Central Banks Do Next?

Inflation is raging, yet interest rates are miles behind price increases. Currencies, the euro and sterling are faltering, the dollar ascendent. Markets are hoping the central banks have got their...
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Bill Badbody
Leah Rose Downey
Paul McCulley
Javier Blas
Sony Kapoor

Why Women are Poorer than Men

  Did you know that the NHS spends more on Viagra than helping single mother families eat healthily or that there are more blokes called Dave running the UK’s top...
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Annabelle Williams
Naoise Nunn

Inside Russia with Alexander Kabanovsky

Russia’s world standing under dictator Vladimir Putin has perhaps never been lower than now, in the midst of its unprovoked invasion of a fellow sovereign European state, war crimes and nuclear blackmail....
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Alexander Kabanovsky
Dylan Moran

China’s Path to Global Domination

Since 1980 China has been the really big global economic story. Everything else pales in comparison. Our lives have been altered profoundly by China, but what about their lives? What...
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Kevin McGahern
Yuan Yang
Hugh Hendry
Angelica Oung
Aditi Sahasrabuddhe
Yanis Varoufakis

***SOLD OUT***The Great British Break Off: The UK After Brexit

Now that 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...
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Rosie Holt
Andrea Catherwood
Robert Shrimsley
Mehreen Khan
Liam Halligan

America 2023: WTF?

Twenty years ago, the USA stood imperious, the world’s only superpower, the master of the markets, the victor. Today it stands at a crossroads awaiting the results of the imminent...
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Fiona Frawley
Thomas Frank
Leah Rose Downey
Paul McCulley
Sony Kapoor

Finance 2023: Managing your Money in a Madcap Market

All you need to know about financial markets in 2023 in this session. With so many asset classes in a state of flux, interest rates on the rise and inflation...
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Kevin McGahern
Hugh Hendry
Eric Lonergan
Stephen Diehl
Katie Martin

***SOLD OUT***Qatar, Corruption and Cash – The Economics of Sport

This month the World Cup kicks off in Qatar, which is clouded in controversy. Who paid who, how far does the money trail go and what does the Qatar tell...
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Kevin Gildea
Peter Antonioni
Simon Kuper

***SOLD OUT***The Next European Crisis

Europe’s – particularly Germany’s – economic model was based on cheap Russian gas. Now that’s gone. What’s next? Having remained united  in the face of the Brexit deal and Russia’s...
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Shona Murray
Andrea Catherwood
Javier Blas
Yanis Varoufakis
Liam Halligan

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

Paul Howard’s legendary satirical character makes his debut at Kilkenomics with a SoCoDu analysis of the Irish housing market, the strange economics of culchies, how to get by on, like,...
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Paul Howard

Startup Wake: Killing Start Ups Humanely to Save the World – A Flounders Presentation

Beachhut PR CEO Paul Hayes sees more value in learning from failure than marvelling at the success of others, and this is where he came up with the idea for...
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Paul Hayes

***SOLD OUT***Jargon Busting

  Jargon Busting is Kilkenomics in a nutshell – making economics accessible, understandable and cutting through the bullshit! It’s always been one of our fastest-selling shows with its mix of...
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Rosie Holt
Fiona Frawley
Kevin McGahern
Hugh Hendry
Peter Antonioni
Stephen Kinsella
Marla Dukharan

Ballroom Brunch

Consistently the fastest-selling shows at Kilkenomics, our Sunday brunch returns 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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Kevin McGahern
Colm O’Regan
Angelica Oung
Annabelle Williams
Peter Antonioni
Robert Shrimsley

The Ormonde Brunch

Consistently the fastest-selling shows at Kilkenomics, our Sunday brunch returns 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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Kevin Gildea
Alison Spittle
Yuan Yang
Thomas Frank
Eric Lonergan
Bill Black

Why We Need More Women in Economics

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...
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Carolina Alves
Leah Rose Downey
Naoise Nunn
Catriona Cahill
Marla Dukharan

Greasy Till Iconoclasm: How the Shopping Mall is Erasing Ireland’s Heritage

Paddy Cullivan presents a show about the willfull commercial destruction of our built heritage with tragi-comic results. Price: €19
Paddy Cullivan

The Great Resignation: The New Economics of Work

Ask anyone in any business and they’ll tell you they can’t get staff. Where have all the people gone? Unemployment has never been lower, the number of people in work...
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Kevin Gildea
Carolina Alves
Thomas Frank
Aditi Sahasrabuddhe
Annabelle Williams

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; after all the sighs of despair...
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Thomas Frank
Bill Black
David McWilliams
Colm O’Regan
Mehreen Khan
Marla Dukharan