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Stephen Kinsella on Economics

Stephen Kinsella on Economics

The reality is that if international trade and dealings are not governed by some set of rules, then size is all that matters. A world like that is very dangerous for just under five million people living on an island on the western edge of Europe.

Will business bin Brexit? Or is it Brexit forever?

Will business bin Brexit? Or is it Brexit forever?

People need jobs, certainty and a settlement which allows them to prosper. But despite more than two years spent negotiating with the EU, a deal seems further away than ever

Stephen Kinsella on health spending

Stephen Kinsella on health spending

Our system is geographically unequal. Where you are born really matters. Our outcomes from our health system are measurably worse than in other countries, and our spending per person is as high as Denmark’s. Why is that?

Let’s get with the health spending programme

Let’s get with the health spending programme

Despite having a younger population than most high-income countries, we spend far more per person on health than the OECD average. And our health system is still a mess. We need to start looking hard at where exactly the money is going, or costs will just keep rising

Solving Ireland's productivity problem

Solving Ireland's productivity problem

What determines an economy’s prosperity is its productivity: how the workers and firms in the economy use their knowledge and skills to make things or deliver services people want

Stephen Kinsella on policy response

Stephen Kinsella on policy response

The second policy response to fast-paced changes in the nature of work and its attendant rise in earnings inequality is to set up a universal basic income programme. This is money everyone gets transferred into their bank account every month, regardless of their age or income level. Think of it as child benefit, but for everyone.

We must get ready for robots

We must get ready for robots

Globotics, the combination of globalisation and robotics, is on the horizon and Ireland must prepare now

Shadow banks: Dodgy dealers or misunderstood innovators?

Shadow banks: Dodgy dealers or misunderstood innovators?

Firms all over Dublin administer parts of the global shadow banking system, but it is the Irish Central Bank which has built up the first fully formed picture of this world. Others now need to share what they know about this intriguing arm of the financial system

Stephen Kinsella on Economics

Stephen Kinsella on Economics

Unless we have good data and good oversight of the shadow banks operating in Ireland, where they come from and what they’re here for, we cannot understand the likely consequences for us when they hit good or bad times

‘Think it possible you may be mistaken’: Four impertinent questions for 2019

‘Think it possible you may be mistaken’: Four impertinent questions for 2019

It is important that we ask the right questions. It is vitally important that we understand the degree of uncertainty of any answer

Government must support diversification of enterprise

Government must support diversification of enterprise

The national finances are once again becoming heavily dependent on one narrow, highly profitable sector of the economy. Sound familiar?

Stephen Kinsella on Economics

Stephen Kinsella on Economics

Faced with a massive accumulated deficit in housing, health and education, the only tools we have available to us are fiscal policy and luck. We know from the past that luck eventually runs out.

What the state is doing right: part four

What the state is doing right: part four

Today, I want to finish my series on what the state gets right by looking at the state’s response to Brexit since 2015. Yes, you read that correctly: 2015. I also want to reflect on what the state is doing to get us ready for the future.

What the state is doing right: part three

What the state is doing right: part three

From running our libraries to helping vulnerable children, to buying things in a smart way, to using technology to get us new passports and new services, to helping guide policy, the state is doing more for us than any of us know.

What the state is doing right: Part two

What the state is doing right: Part two

You’ll hear all about it when health organisations get something wrong, as you should. They are dealing with vulnerable people and should always aim to improve. But will you hear about it when they get things right, and make things better for people?