University rankings by subject show Ireland breaking into top 50 in the world

Whether you love them or hate them, university rankings released each year by various organisations have significant influence on an institution’s public image. Now, Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) has released its World University Rankings by Subject for 2019 accounting for more than 1,200 universities. Unlike the overall university rankings, these focus on 48 different subjects in … [Read more…]

Global Trends in Interest Rates

Marco Del Negro, Domenico Giannone, Marc P. Giannoni, Andrea Tambalotti, Brandyn Bok, and Eric Qian Long-term government bond yields are at their lowest levels of the past 150 years in advanced economies. In this blog post, we argue that this low-interest-rate environment reflects secular global forces that have lowered real interest rates by about two percentage … [Read more…]

Michael Cohen testifies to ‘high crimes and misdemeanors,’ but will it matter?

By John Hudak Today Michael Cohen, the former personal lawyer to President Donald Trump, testified before the House Oversight Committee. His testimony offered explosive allegations and included documentation that Cohen argues corroborates his claims. However, there is one big political question coming out of today’s testimony: did it change Republican minds about the president? Start … [Read more…]

Why Trump’s Middle East peace plan needs Congress

By Hady Amr, Scott R. Anderson In recent days, President Trump’s son-in-law and senior advisor, Jared Kushner, has revealed certain key aspects of the long-touted White House Israeli-Palestinian peace plan that he and other senior administration officials say they will launch sometime after the April 9 elections in Israel. In normal times, these would be … [Read more…]