2015 Economic Review – 15 Trends that Shaped 2015

2015 Economic Review – 15 Trends that Shaped 2015

🕔18:14, 30.Dec 2015

As I look back on the year and consider what happened in 2015, it’s time to take stock for an economic review. The year has been rich in momentous changes: once-in-a-generation events like the Irish marriage referendum, events that shocked the

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Should we buy local in an attempt to boost the economy?

Should we buy local in an attempt to boost the economy?

🕔21:27, 9.Dec 2015

Does buying local really help the economy?   Particularly at this time of year, we are asked to “buy local”. If we could just spend some of our money in small shops and businesses, we would be doing our part

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What is the “sharing economy”? It’s an economic force to be reckoned with

What is the “sharing economy”? It’s an economic force to be reckoned with

🕔22:14, 27.Oct 2015

  How the rise of the consumer-to-consumer, sharing economy is fuelled by the internet and the latest technological advances in frictionless payment systems.   For your next holiday, you’ve found a room on AirBnB. The last time you were in

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So much to lose, so little to gain: the consequences of Brexit for Northern Ireland

So much to lose, so little to gain: the consequences of Brexit for Northern Ireland

🕔22:22, 5.Aug 2015

    Northern Ireland stands to lose a lot if Brexit comes to pass… and gain little.     The three key arguments for the UK to leave the EU are well-known by now: the loss of sovereignty that comes

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Who picks up the tab of all this new “free” technology?

Who picks up the tab of all this new “free” technology?

🕔16:54, 27.Jul 2015

    How does Facebook make money if I don’t pay to use it?   We have radically changed our expectation of paying for things through technology business models. But it’s too easy to forget that what comes at no

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An exports strategy for SMEs

An exports strategy for SMEs

🕔09:17, 13.Feb 2015

    Exporting for small business doesn’t need to be a headache   I realise that exporting, for small business owners, is puzzling. Many SMEs don’t think of it, because they associate exporting with a lot of hassle (Won’t you

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The fast-changing landscape of UK employment

The fast-changing landscape of UK employment

🕔22:19, 7.Dec 2014

    In late October 2014, I spoke in Bristol to give a presentation on Britain’s economic outlook: the trend I had been following was confirmed, as according to the IMF, unemployment figures declined from an average of 7.6% in 2013

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These shops know exactly how you shop – and are changing the way you do it

These shops know exactly how you shop – and are changing the way you do it

🕔23:08, 16.Nov 2014

  As an economist I am regularly asked to speak to corporate audiences about trends in the economy, in the fields of marketing, branding, etc. For the companies that hire me to analyse these developments and present my research in

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Sweet, sweet credit: an explanation behind Morgan Kelly’s terminology

Sweet, sweet credit: an explanation behind Morgan Kelly’s terminology

🕔14:45, 22.Sep 2014

  I was recently speaking at the Economics teachers conference; of course the state of the Irish economy is always a topic for conversation. We reminisced about Morgan Kelly’s comments back in March 2014, and together we discussed what the

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Why do governments borrow money? Can’t they balance their budget like everyone else?!

Why do governments borrow money? Can’t they balance their budget like everyone else?!

🕔11:01, 29.Aug 2014

    A government spends its money on several things: social welfare, public sector wages and capital expenditure (investments in buildings, roads, public facilities etc.). To finance this expenditure, it relies on taxes and other revenues. But as we all

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