Don’t Call Me

7 July, 2009

PhoneIn the U.S., consumers are charged for both sending and receiving calls. In Ireland, they are only charged for making mobile calls. What might explain this difference?

There are considerably fewer mobile phones per capita in the U.S. as opposed to Europe. There is also greater income inequality. These may be the proximate causes, or the former could just be an effect of the pricing mechanism.

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Lies, Damned Lies and Inequality

21 May, 2009

The Department of Economics in Trinity College, the Institute for International Integration Studies (IIIS) and the Dublin Economics Workshop today jointly hosted a conference entitled “Irish Economic Policy for the Crisis: What Next?“. Over the next few posts, I’ll be discussing the ideas posited by the many and distinguished speakers, both in the context of Ireland and more generally.

Firstly, Brian Nolan of UCD discussed inequality in Ireland. He mentioned several standard indicators of inequality. In Ireland’s case, these statistics have exhibited stability over time. Thus, he concludes that inequality has neither increased nor decreased dramatically over the last several years. The truth can sometimes be concealed by statistics.

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