Income and Earnings: an insight
Posted on February 06, 2013 by Micheál Collins
Discussion on various policy options and decisions by Government is often framed in the context of the income distribution and the impact on families and individuals above and below certain income thresholds. Whether it is tax increases, welfare reductions, wage changes or the new property tax, political and media comment often refers to high and low income families, those earning more than €50,000 or €100,000 etc. Unfortunately, much of this comment tends to be distant from the reality of the income distribution in Ireland - something often cited but much misunderstood.
In a recent column for the journal.ie website, I outlined the evidence on income in the Republic of Ireland - what is high, what is low etc. The column has proven very popular with more than 46,000 views and is available in full here.