Category: Inequality


Insecurity at the top can create security for all

Gerry Mitchell 21/05/2020

This blog about the Foundation for European Progressive Studies (FEPS)-funded project, Inequality & the Top 10% Per Cent in Europe, first appeared on the Compass website. The project was led by TASC in partnership with Compass, Arena Idé (Sweden), and Fundación Alternativas (Spain).   In September, Compass will be co-launching a …



Non-mortgage debt and financial wellbeing of Irish households

Amie Lajoie 13/04/2020

  Ireland has the fifth highest rate of personal indebtedness in Europe, and living with debt is a daily reality for over half of all Irish …

Low Pay in the Time of Covid-19

Robert Sweeney 06/04/2020

If there are any silver linings to the Corona Virus, one of them is that it has brought into focus how reliant we are on low-paid workers. As 23% of …

Thomas Piketty’s New Book

Jean Pisani-Ferry 19/11/2019

Thomas Piketty’s Capital in the Twenty-First Century blended history, statistics, and theory. Capital and Ideology his new magnum opus, is long …

Inequality in Ireland today

Robert Sweeney 04/07/2019

In previous blogs I discussed the nature of inequality in Ireland today. I noted that Ireland i) ranks in the middle among EU countries ii) has …

Climate action plan is nothing if it fails to address inequality

Sean McCabe 24/06/2019

- Appeared in the Irish Times, June 24, 2019. The 2019 climate action plan, taken at face value, aims to catapult Ireland from laggard to leader on …

Zero hours work

Michelle O'Sullivan 16/04/2019

There has much attention on zero hours work in Ireland in recent years. Former Labour Party Minister of State for Business and Employment Ged Nash …

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