Category: Welfare


Sarah Carey looks at economic inequality

22/07/2009

Sarah Carey has been mentioned in dispatches on PE before but, leaving aside her slightly problematical historical analysis, today she’s on the …

Mythbusters 201: Are Social Welfare Rates in Ireland high compared to elsewhere?

Slí Eile 16/07/2009

Slí Eile: A popular view that finds its way into pub conversations, page 4 of the ‘tabloids’, agonising phone-in shows, Dáil debates and …

How much can Ireland inc afford to pay those on welfare?

Slí Eile 17/06/2009

Slí Eile: Irish Times journalist, Sarah Carey, writing on 17 June ('State's own welfare must determine level of payments') has taken up the welfare …

Deflation and Social Welfare Rates

12/06/2009

Karl Whelan over on irisheconomy.ie has a useful blog on the latest CSO CPI figures. He cautions against citing deflation in the housing mortgage …

Making the case for pluralism in economic thinking

John Barry 10/06/2009

John Barry: After writing a post asking Where's our 'Green' Whitaker?, I was reflecting on the relationship between the imperative for orthodox …

The budget, the over-fifties and the under-fives

James Stewart 15/04/2009

Jim Stewart: The recent supplementary budget, while removing a considerable amount of income from almost everyone, also treated some groups in …

Budget 2009: further comments

Slí Eile 07/04/2009

Sli Eile: Some additional – and initial – observations about specific points in the Budget. Leading by example? The announced changes to pay and …

Reform of tax relief on pensions should be accompanied by pension reform

James Stewart 30/03/2009

Jim Stewart: The solution to the current pensions crisis proposed by TASC in its pamphlet Making Pensions Work for People is to introduce an improved …

Pension levy - illustrating 'upside-down' nature of tax reliefs

26/02/2009

Gerard Hughes and Jim Stewart of progressive-economy@tasc have taken a closer look at the pension levy, which concluded its passage through the Dail …

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Shana Cohen

Dr. Shana Cohen is the Director of TASC. She studied at Princeton University and at the …

James Stewart

Dr James Stewart is Adjunct Associate Professor at Trinity College Dublin. His research …

Paul Sweeney

Paul Sweeney is former Chief Economist of the Irish Congress of Trade Unions.  He is …