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Micheál Collins

Micheál Collins is Senior Economist at the Nevin Economic Research Institute (NERI). His research interests and publications are in the areas of income distribution, taxation, economic evaluation and public policy.

Prior to joining NERI he was Assistant Professor of Economics at Trinity College Dublin. He is Chairman of the Irish Social Policy Association (ISPA) and a former chairman of the Regional Studies Association (RSA) of Ireland. He was a member of the Republic of Ireland’s Commission on Taxation (2008-2009) and the Government’s Advisory Group on Tax and Social Welfare (2011-2014). During 2014 he was a member of the technical group that developed the living wage for Ireland.

Micheál is a native of Ennis in Co. Clare and a graduate of NUI Galway, UCC and the University of Dublin, Trinity College. He is an Adjunct Professor of Economics at Trinity College Dublin and is a fellow of the Regional Studies Association (FeRSA).

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 …

Posted in: IncomeInequalityNorthern Ireland

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
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: There are …

Posted in: GenderIncomeInequalityJobsWages

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 …

Posted in: IncomeInequalityJobsLabour costsLiving wageWages

Professionalising Economics

Posted on May 24, 2016 by Micheál Collins

A new initiative from the Irish Economics Association (IEA), the umbrella body for professional research economists in Ireland, is worthy of note. The IEA has set out a series of ‘guiding principles’ for its members. In essence these set out how professional economists should be operating. The principles cover areas including research work and collaboration, empirical analysis, peer review, …

New Paper Models a Minimum Wage Increase

Posted on May 19, 2016 by Micheál Collins

Publication cover - modelling_lowpay_increase_neri_wp36
The establishment of a Low Pay Commission in the Republic of Ireland and the renewed focus on low pay and a ‘living wage’ both in Ireland and the UK has revived a growing interest in policies that focus on providing adequate minimum levels of pay for all employees. A new NERI research paper from Niamh Holton and Micheál Collins models the impact of an increase in the minimum wage to a level …

Posted in: GenderInequalityJobsLabour costsWages

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 As signs …

Posted in: GenderIncomeInequalityWages

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 …

Posted in: Income

How Much Would a FTT Raise?

Posted on February 11, 2016 by Micheál Collins

FTT markets
This month’s NERI seminar featured a new research paper which examined the likely revenue yield for the Republic of Ireland from the implementation of a financial transactions tax (FTT). In 2011 the European Commission outlined proposals for a Europe wide FTT. Since then the proposal has been pursued by ten countries under ‘enhanced cooperation’ procedures with plans evolving to introduce …

Posted in: Taxation

Tackling Economic Inequality

Posted on January 20, 2016 by Micheál Collins

Economic Inequality
One could write a book, indeed volumes, on the topic of economic inequality and its possible causes, implications and remedies. In a blog (based on a short input to a recent conference) it is only possible to point towards a number of key issues; specifically six core areas relevant to our thinking on how we might more comprehensively tackle economic inequality. The list is not intended to be …

Posted in: GenderGovernment SpendingInequalityJobsTaxation

Just Change – reforming Scotland’s Local Property Tax

Posted on January 12, 2016 by Micheál Collins

Micheal Collins profile
Scotland’s Commission on Local Tax Reform was established in early 2015 with the purpose of considering reforms to the current Council Tax system – one deemed outdated and broken by those on all sides. On December 14th last the Commission published its final report entitled ‘Just Change: A New Approach to Local Taxation”. The report’s title underscores the exasperation of policy makers …

Posted in: Taxation

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