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Inter-Regional Income Differences in Ireland: Real or Perceived Regional Divides M. Collins and S. Nivakoski, International Regional Studies Association Annual Conference, London November 25th 2011

Inter-Regional Income Differences in Ireland: Real or Perceived Regional Divides

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Micheál Collins

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Ireland comprises two regions at NUTS2 and eight regions at NUTS3 level. Among the primary factors used to differentiate between these regions are average income levels. Up until recent years, the availability of representative and timely income data to profile inter- and intra-regional income levels has been poor and confined to snapshots taken every five years as part of the Household Budget Survey (HBS). The recent arrival of annual Survey on Income and Living Conditions (SILC) data has changed this and allowed more frequent and detailed empirical assessments of Ireland's regional incomes. This data reveals noticeable inter-regional income divides.
Using SILC microdata, this paper examines Ireland's regional income profile to establish if there is an underling regional income effect or whether some or all of the reported differences in average regional incomes can be explained by the characteristics of the populations within these regions.

Conference paper published as: Collins, M.L. and S. Nivakoski (2011). Inter-Regional Income Differences in Ireland: Real or Perceived Regional Divides? in editor(s) Regional Studies Association, Contested Regions: Conference Proceedings. Seaford, United Kingdom, Regional Studies Association.

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