speaker-info

Deirdre McCloskey

Deirdre McCloskey teaches economics, history, English and communication at the University of Illinois at Chicago. A former associate of Milton Friedman, she has written sixteen books and around 400 scholarly pieces on topics ranging from technical economics and statistics to transgender advocacy (she transitioned from male to female in 1995) and the ethics of the bourgeois virtues. Her latest book is Bourgeois Dignity: Why Economics Can’t Explain the Modern World.

Shows

Kilkenomics Brunch

Ormonde Kings

Our fastest-selling show every year, the Kilkenomics Brunch returns with a light hearted and optimistic look at the Sunday newspapers in the company of some of the festival’s brightest and liveliest contributors. Expect a hearty breakfast, big hearts and big laughs as we cruise into the end of the weekend.

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The Most Important Economic Events for 2017

The Set Theatre

Some of the brightest and best of the Kilkenomics lineup convene for the final show of the festival to gaze into their tea leaves and crystal balls and conjure up some predictions for how the economic world will unfold in 2017 and beyond. Don’t miss this block-buster finale to the weekend.  

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I Wasn’t Always Like This, You Know? Revealing the Hidden Lives of Economists

The Set Theatre

We all think we know public people from their public profiles – the biographies on their websites or dust-jackets of their latest books – and we see and hear them talk about their professional insights and public lives. Rarely, though, do we get to know the real people behind the potted bio. Dermot Whelan chats […]

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Utopia for Realists: The Case for a Universal Basic Income

The Set Theatre

Debate has become to heat up on the concept of governments providing their citizens with a fixed amount of money, regardless of their income. Recently, Barack Obama suggested that as technology and artificial intelligence begin to replace human paid work, it will become increasingly urgent. Our panel examines the pros and cons of free money […]

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Trump | Clinton: Are We Witnessing the Beginning of a New American Civil War?

Ormonde Kilbride

By the time the doors open for this gig, we will know the verdict of the American people in probably the most controversial and divisive presidential election campaign in history. Their democratic decision will, for good or evil, shape the economics and geopolitics of the world for the next decade and more. Our panel of […]

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The Great Bear: Putin’s Russia – Friend or Foe

Cleere's Theatre Bar

The Cold War may be over but the propaganda war between Russia and its allies; and the US and its allies continues across the front lines of media, social media and the dark web. Accusations abound of Russian involvement in hacking that has sown discord and confusion in the US Presidential election. Meanwhile, the US […]

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Economic Consequences of The Donald

The Set Theatre

Chaired by David McWilliams The world has changed, and changed profoundly. Donald Trump will be the next President of the United Stated. Financial Markets rallied, liberals cried, nativists cheered and the world held its breath.  But what exactly will a Trump presidency look like? What will Trump’s America mean for economics, politics, finance and you? […]

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Payoff: The Hidden Logic That Shapes Our Motivations

The Set Theatre

Fancy a masterclass in economic psychology? Every wonder why you’re such a sucker for advertising? Why do we make elementary mistakes choosing pensions, mortgages, insurance schemes or even shopping for flights? Some of the biggest and best minds in their field assemble for a masterclass in behavioural economics. This will save you money!  

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