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Northern Ireland Discretionary Income to fall by 20%

Posted on October 21, 2013 by Paul Mac Flynn

Discretionary income is the income that households have left over after taxes and spending on essential household necessities like accommodation, food and fuel. The report therefore captures the falling income in Northern Ireland and the rising cost of living. In Particular over the last five years the cost of essentials rose by 16.6% while gross incomes only grew by 12.0% leaving working people in Northern Ireland far worse off.

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Child Poverty - North & South

Posted on September 23, 2013 by Micheál Collins

One in every five children on the island of Ireland lives in a household with an income below the poverty line. In the Republic, the latest CSO data suggests 18.8% of children live in poverty. In Northern Ireland, 22% of children are in poverty. In both, the trend over time has been one of slow decrease, but child poverty levels have consistently remained above the levels of poverty experienced by the populations generally.

In the latest edition of the NERI’s Quarterly Economic Facts document, indicator 5.3 examines the Republic’s child poverty trends using data from the CSO’s 2011 Survey of Income and Living Conditions. Indicator 5.5 reviews the data for Northern Ireland using the latest edition of the Family Resources Survey (2011-2012).

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Understanding Earnings - a key context for policy formation

Posted on August 27, 2013 by Micheál Collins

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As we move towards another austerity budget (October 2013) it is useful to consider Government's choices in the context of the structure of earnings. Despite its relevance, limited attention tends to be given to the distribution of earnings and income in the formation of policy options and decisions.


Data from the Revenue Commissioners latest Statistical Report (for the tax year 2010) offers a useful insight into the distribution of earnings in the Republic of Ireland. The data details the distribution of tax cases (individuals or couples who are jointly assessed) by total gross income for that tax year. We highlight this data in the latest edition of the NERI's Quarterly Economic Facts, indicator 4.6a (p69-70).


A summary of that data shows us that:

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New Report on Republic’s Income Distribution

Posted on August 07, 2013 by Micheál Collins

Publication cover - NERI Research inBrief Income Dist August 2013 - Cover image for NERI Research inBrief Income Dist August 2013
Cover image for NERI Research inBrief Income Dist August 2013

The latest NERI Research inBrief, entitled Income Distribution, Pre-distribution and Re-distribution: latest data for the Republic of Ireland, provides the latest information on income distribution in the Republic of Ireland.


Pre-distribution, the direct income distribution reflects a large proportion of Irish society with little, if any, market income. The combined direct income share of the bottom 50% is just over 8% of all Ireland's direct income. The bottom eight deciles receive a total of 40% of the total pre-distribution income, marginally more than than received by the top decile.

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Reforming Tax Credits in Budget 2014

Posted on July 31, 2013 by Micheál Collins

Taxation options are a key context for the forthcoming Budget (October). However, given the distortionary effect of any taxation change, and the fragility of the domestic economy, any choices around raising additional tax revenues are challenging. These challenges are magnified given the notable increases to most areas of taxation over recent years. As such, it remains important that choices are examined and their revenue and behavioural implications considered in advance.

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Income: The Gender Divide

Posted on July 01, 2013 by Micheál Collins

Project 365, Day 28: Glass Ceiling - FallenPegasus

There are many measures examining differences in various socio-economic characteristics among men and women. In general, women are better educated, healthier, live longer but earn less - factors which in themselves point towards gaps in societal equality for both sexes.

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Employment increases, incomes squeezed

Posted on June 12, 2013 by Paul Mac Flynn

Employment figures for the UK published today show a small return to growth in employment in the last three months to April this year. The increase in employment has been mainly due to a large increase in employment among older workers, many of pension age, and it is not clear whether this is by choice or whether older workers are finding themselves under financial pressure.

 

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Recession, Austerity and Household Income

Posted on June 05, 2013 by Micheál Collins

The experience of recession and austerity over recent years has been widespread. The impact has been greatest on those who lost their jobs since the combined economic, fiscal, banking, property and social crisis hit Ireland.

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Public sector clerical workers paid below the OECD average

Posted on May 13, 2013 by Rory O'Farrell

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OECD comparison of clerical worker pay

Comparing wages of public sector workers across countries poses many difficulties. Nevertheless the OECD publishes some useful information.

In 2009 public sector clerical workers were paid below the OECD average. This is the latest available data (more timely data should be available in June). The OECD make adjustments for differences in working time and for the cost of living.

Since 2009, due to pay cuts, it is likely that clerical workers have fallen further down the international pay league.

More information on international pay comparisons can be found in the latest edition (Indicator 3.2a) of the NERI's Quarterly Economic Facts.

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Working and living below the poverty line: ‘The Working Poor’

Posted on May 08, 2013 by Micheál Collins

16% of the Irish population lives on an income which is less than the official poverty line - about €210 per adult per week. Given a population of approximately 4.58 million people this implies that almost 730,000 live at risk of poverty.


In the latest edition of the NERI's Quarterly Economic Facts document, indicator 5.3 examines the composition of those living below the poverty line in Ireland. Of all the workers in the Republic of Ireland, 6.5% are 'working poor'. When poverty among those aged 16 years and above is decomposed by principle economic status (the main thing that people do), those at work (the working poor) represent 14.2% of all those adults at risk of poverty.

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