Posts in the "Income" category

Call for papers - 5th Annual NERI Labour Market Conference

Posted on January 20, 2017 by Louisa Gavin

Maynooth University

The fifth Annual NERI Labour Market Conference will be held on Friday 12th May in association with Maynooth University's external link Department of Applied Social Science external link , the Department of Economics, Finance and Accounting external link and the Department of Sociology external link . The conference will run from 10:00 - 16:00 and will include research papers on various aspects of the Irish labour market and Irish labour market policy.

The NERI Labour Market Conference is intended to provide a forum for the presentation of research papers on labour market issues (North and South) and is held in May each year. Presentations from researchers, academics, and labour market practitioners are invited for this forthcoming conference. Those interested should submit a title and brief abstract (max 400 words) to

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Slides from NERI Seminar on Tax Expenditure on Occupational Pensions in Ireland: Relevance, Cost and Distribution

Posted on October 04, 2016 by Louisa Gavin


Slides from Wednesday 28th September, NERI Seminar on Occupational Pensions in Ireland: Relevance, Cost and Distribution by Dr Micheal Collins (UCD) and Prof Gerard Hughes (TCD).


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Internal Devaluation and the Irish Crisis

Posted on September 23, 2016 by Tom McDonnell

Beckett Bridge - Photo Credit: Michael Foley Photograph Flickr creative commons page:
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The European Trade Union Institute have published a policy inBrief by Tom McDonnell discussing the Irish economic crisis and its aftermath. You can find it here.

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Big Idea: A Basic Income for Northern Ireland

Posted on August 18, 2016 by Micheál Collins

nicva image big ideas

NICVA held a Festival of Economics in Belfast on Friday August 12th.

Among the big ideas discussed was Basic Income.

The slides below are from my 2014 presentation to a NICVA masterclass on Basic Income. They explore the issue in the context of Northern Ireland, looking at the levels, costs, and likely challenges. They should also serve as a useful starting point for further work in this area. It seems, given the audience in attendance, that there is ongoing interest in the topic.

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70,000 workers are on the Minimum Wage

Posted on July 13, 2016 by Micheál Collins

Publication cover - Employees on the Minimum Wage in the ROI NERI WP37 - Cover image for Employees on the Minimum Wage in the ROI NERI WP37
Cover image for Employees on the Minimum Wage in the ROI NERI WP37

A new NERI research paper estimates the number of workers on the minimum wage and further profiles these workers by gender, by the sector they work in and by their employment status (full-time, part-time, permanent, temporary etc). The data, which is for 2014 (the latest available), complements an earlier paper examining the situation in 2013.

The key findings from the paper are:

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2016 Living Wage: no change, yet lots of change

Posted on July 11, 2016 by Micheál Collins

The 2016 Living Wage for the Republic of Ireland has been calculated by the Living Wage Technical Group. It is €11.50 per hour. The rate is unchanged from 2015.

Over the past year there have been decreases in living costs for most items included in the living wage calculation. However, these decreases have been wiped out by increases in housing costs. The overall effect is an unchanged hourly Living Wage rate of €11.50.

The Republic of Ireland Living Wage was established in 2014 and is part of a growing international set of similar figures which reflect a belief across societies that individuals working full-time should be able to earn enough income to enjoy a decent standard of living.

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Earnings and Low Pay in the Republic of Ireland

Posted on April 19, 2016 by Micheál Collins


A paper entitled 'Earnings and Low Pay in the Republic of Ireland' was delivered to a meeting of the Statistical and Social Inquiry Society of Ireland on Thursday 14th April. The slides from the presentation are below and the paper (forthcoming in the SSISI journal) was based on an earlier NERI working paper available here.

Paper Summary:

Earnings and Low Pay in the Republic of Ireland

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Incomes still 8%-10% below pre-crisis levels

Posted on February 18, 2016 by Micheál Collins

Earlier this week a new report from the UK think-tank The Resolution Foundation estimated that UK household incomes had finally returned to their pre-crisis levels. However, the latest data on Irish income levels tell a different story.

Using data from the CSO’s SILC survey, we can track median household incomes back to 2005 (see chart). On the basis of the latest data (for 2014 and released in late 2015) the median (middle) household gross income is 10% below its 2007 (pre-crisis) level. The data show a similar drop for median disposable incomes (after taxes and transfers). Making adjustments for household size and composition, median incomes are 8% below 2007 levels.

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Minimum Wage Increase - who gains?

Posted on January 05, 2016 by Micheál Collins

January 1st saw a 50 cent  increase in the hourly Minimum Wage; the first since 2011. The increase to €9.15 per hour follows the recommendations of the Low Pay Commission.

A recent NERI Research inBrief estimates some of the effects of this increase. Specifically, it examines the average impact on the gross pay of minimum wage employees and the overall increase in the level of earnings for these employees.

The key points from the analysis are:

  • 75,000 employees work at the minimum wage.
  • Most are women (65%), most are aged in their 20s and 30s and large proportions of these employees work in sectors such as accommodation and food and wholesale and retail.
  • A 50 cent per hour increase in the minimum wage will result in:

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A Decade of Deprivation: trends 2005-2014

Posted on December 17, 2015 by Micheál Collins

The recently released CSO Survey on Income and Living Conditions (SILC) provides the most detailed insight that we have into the impact of the recent recession, and evolving recovery, on the day-to-day living standards of people and families in the Republic of Ireland.

One of its indicators tracks deprivation, measured as the percentage of the population who report that they are unable to afford two or more of eleven basic items. These include:

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