NERI Seminar Dublin: Ireland's Private Pension System: the gender dimension

2 May 2018

Topic:  Ireland's Private Pension System: the gender dimension

Speaker:  Dr Micheál Collins, Assistant Professor of Social Policy at School of Social Policy, Social Work and Social Justice, UCD

Date:  2nd May, 2018

Time:  Tea and coffee from 15:50.  The seminar will commence at 16:00

Venue:  INTO Learning Centre, 38 Parnell Square West, Dublin 1


Ireland possess an extensive and expensive set of supports for private pension provision. Revenue Commissioners data indicate that such supports cost almost €2.4 billion per annum in revenue forgone terms; equivalent to 4.8% of the overall tax take. Current debates regarding the long-term implications of an ageing population, alongside considerations of new pension policy initiatives such as auto-enrolment, point towards an expectation that this policy area will require/receive significant additional resources in the years to come.

This paper considers the effectiveness of the current suite of private pension taxation supports from a gender perspective. In doing so it compares the performance of the current system in encouraging pension contributions by both males and females and examines if a ‘gender pensions contribution gap’ exists. It also considers the distribution of current private pension supports by gender, bringing a new equity lens to an area of substantial recurring fiscal supports.

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INTO Learning Centre, 38 Parnell Square, Dublin 1

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