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An economist and a comedian walk into a bar..... Suddenly everything makes sense!

Kilkenomics, the world’s first and only festival of Economics and Comedy, returns to Ireland’s Ancient East this November 8th to 11th. 

Ten years on from the global financial and economic crisis of 2008 which set the world into such profound turmoil, Kilkenomics celebrates its 9th 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.

Dozens of intriguing shows have been announced at here 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.

Highlights of the packed schedule of fascinating talks and events include David McWilliams' interview with Jeffrey Sachs, undoubtedly one of the most important economists in the world today and a global leader in sustainable development.

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 Loustea
  • 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
  • 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
  • Kevin Gildea


More information and tickets available here.



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Kilkenomics – A festival of Economics and Comedy

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2018 will mark the 9th edition of Kilkenomics - Europe’s first economics festival - which brings together some of the world’s leading economists, financial analysts and media commentators with some of our funniest, sharpest standup comedians. We’ve been called “Davos with jokes” and we wouldn’t disagree with that assessment. Our informal, entertaining formats invite our audiences to engage and enjoy. As we like to say: it’s serious, but it’s fun too! Jump into Kilkenomics now and engage with as many shows as possible, equip yourself with the information and insight we hope can help us all make smart choices for our futures - inform and entertain yourselves. People who have taken part in previous years include David McWilliams (co-founder of the festival), Constantin Gurdgiev, Max Keiser, Gillian Tett, Rory Sutherland, Linda Yueh and Yanis Varoufakis.