A conversation with Kevin O’Rourke

Trinity Economist Kevin O’Rourke received a lot of attention recently which centred around a paper he wrote with Agustin Benetrix and Barry Eichengreen that featured on VOX.

The Sunday Tribune picked up on it with the headline ‘House price fall could be worst in history‘. Fairly powerful statement that! Kevin O’Rourke is a man who I personally have a lot of respect for (an example of his work is in a talk he gave to the CFA last year here) so we were delighted when he kindly took a call today while on a working holiday in France.

My questions are in bold, the main thrust of his answers follow them.

You say a rapid adjustment would be best, what can be done to facilitate that? “You have to start by wondering ‘do we think the Irish adjustment is …

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