Kilkenomics festival of economics and comedy returns to Kilkenny

Dozens of intriguing shows are have been announced in the line-up


US Managing Editor of the Financial Times, Gillian Tett (Centre) in the Watergate Theatre at Kilkenomics 2017. Also pictured are US economists, Mihir Desai (L)and Pippa Malmgren (R)

Ten years on from the global financial and economic crisis of 2008 which sent the world into turmoil, Kilkenomics returns to Kilkenny City from November 8-11.

Expertly combining economics and comedy, the festival celebrates its ninth edition with an unmissable programme of essential conversations that includes some of the world's most insightful contributors in the company of the very sharpest comedians.
Highlights of the packed schedule of talks and events include David McWilliams' interview with Jeffrey Sachs, one of the most important economists in the world today and a global leader in sustainable development; The American Century with Harald Malmgren who advised US Presidents from JFK to Nixon; Millennials with Neil Howe, the man who coined the term; and The Great Economists: How Their Ideas Can Help Us Today with Linda Yueh. 
Dozens more intriguing shows are have been announced at featuring topics such as Big Data, Dangerous Minds, Cryptocurrency, Strongman Economics, Happiness and Wealth, Sport, Millennials, Populism, Jargon-Busting, What Have We Learned since 2008? and even, How to Make Economists Better, as well as lots on Brexit and Trump. 
The full lineup comprises economists, journalists and academics including: Aidan Regan, Andrea Catherwood, Bill Black, Bill Bonner, Bill Emmott, Catriona Cahill, Constantin Gurdgiev, Cormac Lucey, David McWilliams, Dearbhail McDonald, Dermot O'Leary, Frank Crowley, Grant Williams, Harald Malmgren, Ian Hughes, Jeffrey Sachs, Jennifer Raffoul, Jim Rickards, Liam Halligan , Linda Yueh, Marla Dukharan, Martin Lousteau, Megan Greene, Mehreen Khan, Mike Driver, Naoise Nunn, Neil Howe, Nicholas Gruen, Nina Schick, Peter Antonioni Pinchas Landau, Robert Shrimsley, Sarah O'Connor, Simon Kuper, Stephen Kinsella, Vikas Nath and Will Page; and comedians Alison Spittle, Andrew Maxwell, Colm O'Regan, Des Bishop, Dominic Frisby, Eleanor Tiernan, Fiona Looney, Gerry Stembridge, Karl Spain, Konstantin Kisin and Kevin Gildea.
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