Thanks for getting this far into the podcast website! A bit about me - well I'm a lecturer in economics at Queen's University Belfast and have worked at the ESRI, the University of Oxford and the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research. I'm a Longford native and did a lot of my studying west of the Shannon at NUIG, with a stint at UC Berkeley.

I am also a podcast junkie! Podcasts really opened my eyes to engaging, long-form conversations, and what we are missing out on with many media discussions. The real breaking point came with some of the Irish media coverage of carbon taxes. The discussion was often boiled down to a two-minute shootout, which is understandable as radio and TV have schedules that must be kept. A heated debate can be entertaining but a poor way to receive information. I felt none the wiser having heard the discussion. If a bit more time was given, those listening could better understand the topic and give their own informed opinion.

So, inspired by this experience, this podcast is not a platform to offer our opinions; it will provide a depth of understanding so you can offer yours. Economics is applied common sense and the podcast will break down the various arguments in everyday language. We will strive to provide an unbiased account of all arguments relevant to a debate. Sometimes the more interesting questions emerge when you scratch the surface and we'll use the economics toolkit to dig these out.

I find that the interesting part is often the journey, not the destination. The Irish Economics Podcast provides this discussion.