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Ciarán Nugent

Ciarán Nugent is an Economist at the NERI. He is currently working on a number of projects relating to the Just Transition and labour managed enterprises. Ciarán previously worked as a teaching assistant in Political Science in Trinity College Dublin and as a tutor in Economics in NUI Maynooth.  His research interests include income distribution, wages, precarious work, the cost of living and intergenerational inequality.  He graduated with an MA in Economics and BA in International Politics from NUI Maynooth.

Precariousness is still elevated even after seven years of uninterrupted economic growth

Posted on August 12, 2019 by Ciarán Nugent

Precarious Work
There is no accepted definition of what exactly constitutes precarious work. Precarious work takes many forms and is characterised by in-work poverty as well as the insecurity related to the nature of many types of employment contracts (part-time work, temporary contracts, agency contracts, bogus self-employment etc.). Often, multiple forms or categories of precariousness apply to an …

Posted in: Jobs

The latest labour market figures: positive trends, but participation and employment rates still down

Posted on July 19, 2019 by Ciarán Nugent

Numeracy
The Central Statistics Office recently released the results of the Labour Force Survey (the newly minted official source of employment data) for the first quarter of 2019. The release corroborated much of the recent good news for the Irish labour market as general positive trends continue. In many respects however, the Irish labour market had a way to go in 2019 to full recovery from the impact …

Posted in: JobsWages

The effect of the financial crisis and recession on wages by age group

Posted on June 05, 2018 by Ciarán Nugent

Wages
As the dust settles in the aftermath of the financial crisis and the economy continues on the road to full employment, economists and policymakers can make better judgements as to the nature and extent of the structural changes (if any) to the Irish labour market brought about by the subsequent years of recession and austerity. An analysis of wages over time as they relate to age cohort or the …

Temporary contracts: what we (might not) know from survey data

Posted on April 30, 2018 by Ciarán Nugent

Precarious Work
Changes to the labour market over recent decades and changes to come due to technological advancement and globalisation are of ongoing interest to economists and the public alike. The growth of non-standard or atypical working contracts as a share of employment is well documented across the majority of OECD countries over the past two or three decades.  As the Irish economy is on track over the …

The housing crisis: rising costs, falling living standards

Posted on January 09, 2018 by Ciarán Nugent

 The national median disposable, net or after tax wage has increased by just under 8% since 2012 (now at €2,087 p.m. approx.) whilst the take home pay of a full-time minimum wage worker has increased by about 10% (now at €1,490). The most recent reports by daft.ie show an almost 60% rise in average rents across the country and 40% growth in asking prices for residential properties in the …

Posted in: Wages

Intergenerational Inequality in Ireland

Posted on May 29, 2017 by Ciarán Nugent

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A Eurobarometer poll of 16-30 year olds in 2016 found that 68% of Irish respondents felt excluded from economic and social life by the crisis compared to 57% in the EU as a whole and 27% in Germany. Although in some corners these concerns are likely to be dismissed as the whining of a spoilt, apathetic and lazy generation, addicted to PlayStation and terrible music, these concerns are borne out …

Posted in: IncomeInequalityJobsLiving wage

The growth of precarious work in the Republic of Ireland

Posted on May 18, 2017 by Ciarán Nugent

Precarious Work
The trend of rising non-standard employment across the developed world is by now, well established.  Full-time permanent positions as a proportion of employment are in decline as part-time and fixed-term contracts are rising. The growth of ‘precarious’ work (often used as a blanket-term for low-wage and/or insecure work) has been of growing concern to policymakers, academics and workers …

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