Ireland's income distribution in comparative perspective

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dc.contributor.author Nolan, Brian
dc.contributor.author Smeeding, Timothy M.
dc.date.accessioned 2009-04-07T14:08:17Z
dc.date.available 2009-04-07T14:08:17Z
dc.date.copyright 2005 International Association for Research in Income and Wealth en
dc.date.issued 2005-12
dc.identifier.citation Review of Income and Wealth en
dc.identifier.issn 0034-6586
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10197/1019
dc.description.abstract There are concerns that the unprecedented economic boom which Ireland experienced in the second half of the 1990s has raised only some living standards and has widened income gaps. This paper analyzes Ireland's income distribution in comparative perspective, to understand how Ireland's distribution changed and how it compares to other rich countries. We begin with OECD (Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development) and the Luxembourg Income Study (LIS) data to compare Ireland's degree of well-being and inequality with other advanced countries. We also look in some detail at alternative sources of Irish income and their implications for the trends in income inequality in Ireland from 1994 to 2000. For instance, we examine the top of the distribution using data from the administration of the income tax system. We conclude that the spectacular economic growth in the past decade has seen the gap in average income between Ireland and the richer OECD countries narrow dramatically. However, this growth has not greatly affected the Irish ranking in terms of income inequality. Ireland remains an outlier among rich European nations in its high degree of income inequality, though still falling well short of the level seen in the United States. In the end, we find that Ireland's new-found prosperity provides a "social dividend," and choices about how it is used will fundamentally affect whether the current high level of income inequality persists into the future. en
dc.format.extent 4304 bytes
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dc.language.iso en en
dc.publisher Blackwell en
dc.subject.lcsh Income distribution--Ireland en
dc.subject.lcsh Ireland--Economic conditions en
dc.title Ireland's income distribution in comparative perspective en
dc.type Journal Article en
dc.internal.authorurl Brian Nolan (web page) en
dc.internal.authorurl http://www.ucd.ie/research/people/appliedsocialscience/professorbrianthomasnolan/home/ en
dc.internal.authorid UCD0040 en
dc.internal.availability Full text not available en
dc.internal.webversions Publisher's version en
dc.internal.webversions http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1475-4991.2005.00167.x en
dc.status Peer reviewed en
dc.identifier.volume 51 en
dc.identifier.issue 4 en
dc.identifier.startpage 537 en
dc.identifier.endpage 560 en
dc.identifier.doi 10.1111/j.1475-4991.2005.00167.x
dc.neeo.contributor Nolan|Brian|aut|UCD0040
dc.neeo.contributor Smeeding|Timothy M.|aut|


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