Professor Rachel Dardis, RIP

Rachel Dardis, Professor Emerita at the University of Maryland died February 23, 2021. An obituary is here. Prof. Dardis was a prolific author and mentored more than 60 PhD students during her career. She spent her academic career in the USA, starting in the 1960s with her University of Minnesota PhD. She retired in 1996 and is survived by her nephew and his two children.

Ar dheis Dé go raibh a hanam.

Patrick Honohan on Macro-financial crises

Patrick has a new piece on VOXEU contrasting the experiences of Ireland, Iceland, and Cyprus during the last global crisis, and asks what lessons they might have for COVID-induced financial crises to come.

Animated Irish Fiscal Data

Jacopo Bedogni and Darren Lawlor from the Parliamentary Budget Office put this series of visualisations together. Slide 19 in particular is a jaw-dropper. Well done both.

Made with Flourish

Updates, both trivial and important

The blog has gotten some updates to its backend and theme, but more importantly, the blog has a new editor, UCC’s Seamus Coffey. Welcome Seamus!

Fiscal Council Webinar

The Fiscal Council’s latest Fiscal Assessment Report, May 2020: “The Fiscal Impact of Covid-19” is out today. This is the Council’s 18th Fiscal Assessment Report, and it comes at a time when the economy is experiencing an unprecedented shock due to the pandemic and very high uncertainty. The Report assesses the economic and fiscal consequences, including a range of possible scenarios to 2025 and an assessment of the policy consequences.

The Council will be hosting a live webinar on the findings of the report on Thursday, 28 May 2020 @ 2pm Dublin time. The Council’s Acting Chairperson, Sebastian Barnes, will give a presentation followed by a Q&A session. The presentation is expected to last 30 minutes.

You can register at: https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_qDJrpmjcQQ2Aus7BJbK_Wg