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Small advanced economies have performed very strongly over the past few decades of intense globalisation. But some argue that the recent emergence of challenges to international trade and investment, rising geopolitical competition, and populist policies around the world, will threaten small economy models. Although the global context is more complex and challenging, Dr Michael O’Sullivan and Dr David Skilling argue that that small advanced economies will continue to do well. They also discussed the challenges and opportunities facing small economies, the outlook for small economies, and the priorities for action – including for Ireland.


About the Speakers:

Michael O’Sullivan is a Managing Director and the Chief Investment Officer for International Wealth Management in Credit Suisse. He was an independent member of Ireland’s National Economic and Social Council from 2011 to 2016. Dr O’Sullivan was educated at UCC and Balliol College in Oxford University, where he obtained M.Phil and D.Phil degrees. David Skilling is the Founding Director of Landfall Strategy Group, a Singapore-based economic and political advisory firm. He has recently served as Senior Advisor to the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade in New Zealand. Dr Skilling has a Master in Public Policy and a Ph.D. in Public Policy from Harvard University, and Master of Commerce degree in Economics from the University of Auckland.