Stephen Kinsella

Stephen Kinsella

Articles by Stephen Kinsella

A slow, boring grind to a changed Ireland in 2021

A slow, boring grind to a changed Ireland in 2021

Get used to budgets without a big bang: they are part of a process that serves to benefit us all

What Paschal Donohoe learned from Richard Thaler

What Paschal Donohoe learned from Richard Thaler

We can’t think carefully about the future and sometimes we’re all just a bit mad. Thaler is one of the fathers of the field of behavioural economics. Today’s budget has all the features Thaler studied.

Good riddance to budget kites

Good riddance to budget kites

I expect we’ll have much ado about everything except property taxes in Budget 2018

Stephen Kinsella On Property Tax

Stephen Kinsella On Property Tax

The push for property price increases is polluting the housing system. Can we fix it? Yes, by a proper use of the property tax

Brexit fantasy can’t survive contact with cold reality

Brexit fantasy can’t survive contact with cold reality

In her Florence speech, prime minister Theresa May conceded two of the major debating points of the first round of Brexit negotiations

Stephen Kinsella On Economics

Stephen Kinsella On Economics

The real question for the next few years is this: can workers expect to see wage increases in line with their productivity?

Stephen Kinsella: A 'nearly frictionless' border is Brexiteer fiction

Stephen Kinsella: A 'nearly frictionless' border is Brexiteer fiction

Crossing the ‘soft’ US/Canada border takes ten to 30 minutes. A frictionless border is the result of magical thinking by Brexiteers

'Britain hasn’t a clue what it is doing'

'Britain hasn’t a clue what it is doing'

British civil servants are making it up and peppering soundbites and position papers with weasel words. What has happened to the people who once ran an empire?

'Ireland is one of the richest countries on earth - but we have had a lost decade'

'Ireland is one of the richest countries on earth - but we have had a lost decade'

The figures show we’ve got one of the fastest growing economies in the world, yet we let down our elderly and homeless children

You solve the pay gap by changing the system

You solve the pay gap by changing the system

You don’t solve the gender issue with courses, exhorting women to ‘lean in’, or with more and more education. More women leaders will help. Transparency in pay will help, and this applies to the private sector also. You solve it by changing the system itself.

Stephen Kinsella: What explains the gender pay gap?

Stephen Kinsella: What explains the gender pay gap?

'It’s not discrete elements of the system we can improve, It’s the structure of the system itself'

Stephen Kinsella: How will the gig economy system evolve?

Stephen Kinsella: How will the gig economy system evolve?

There’s not much debate about the future of work here in Ireland yet, but as the gig economy expands, expect to see much more discussion. Whether these workers will get to own a home or not will depend on how the system evolves

Stephen Kinsella: The Magic Numbers

Stephen Kinsella: The Magic Numbers

The reality of the Summer Economic Statement is this: there is very little available to spend on anything

Stephen Kinsella: What Varadkar should do with his 'hidden fiscal space'

Stephen Kinsella: What Varadkar should do with his 'hidden fiscal space'

The Taoiseach suggested there was not just the €400-500 million of fiscal space we had expected, but ‘hidden fiscal space’. I am not sure what hidden fiscal space is, but if it exists, it needs to be spent on capital projects. Full stop.

Stephen Kinsella: We are living through a battle of generations

Stephen Kinsella: We are living through a battle of generations

One generation needs house prices to be low, the other needs them to be high. One votes, the other does not. Who do you think will be listened to?