Posts by Dr Nat O'Connor

Nat O'Connor

Dr Nat O'Connor     @natpolicy

Nat O’Connor is a member of the Institute for Research in Social Sciences (IRiSS) and a Lecturer of Public Policy and Public Management in the School of Criminology, Politics and Social Policy at Ulster University.

Previously Director of TASC, Nat also led the research team in Dublin’s Homeless Agency.

Nat holds a PhD in Political Science from Trinity College Dublin (2008) and an MA in Political Science and Social Policy form the University of Dundee (1998). Nat’s primary research interest is in how research-informed public policy can achieve social justice and human wellbeing. Nat’s work has focused on economic inequality, housing and homelessness, democratic accountability and public policy analysis. His PhD focused on public access to information as part of democratic policy making.

How to Pay for a Living Wage?

Nat O'Connor 07/07/2015

Nat O'Connor: A single person working full-time needs to earn €11.50 per hour to afford a minimum decent standard of living. This is a rise in the …

Franklin D Roosevelt's 1935 Message to Congress on Tax Revision

Nat O'Connor 24/03/2015

Nat O'Connor: What follows are excerpts from Franklin D Roosevelt, President of the USA (1933-1945), Message to Congress on Tax Revision, 19 June …

Five Progressive Views on Greece

Nat O'Connor 20/02/2015

Nat O'Connor: Queries: The European Progressive Magazine circulated five articles about the Greek crisis, all of which are relevant to Ireland. Click …

More on Ireland's Low Taxation and Income Tax Progressivity

Nat O'Connor 20/02/2015

Nat O'Connor: The OECD provides a table of its member states showing total tax revenue as a percentage of GDP. In 2012, Ireland's total tax revenue …

Getting Beneath the Surface of Gross versus Net Income Inequality

Nat O'Connor 18/02/2015

Nat O'Connor: TASC's new report, Cherishing All Equally: Economic Inequality in Ireland, is designed to provoke deeper debate about what is and is …

Ireland's 'Progressive' Income Tax System

Nat O'Connor 16/02/2015

Nat O'Connor: Some commentators keep referring to the progressivity of Ireland's income tax system, as if it was the silver bullet that makes …

Response to Dan O'Brien's 'Bunkum' Article

Nat O'Connor 16/02/2015

Nat O'Connor: Dan O'Brien writes that "claims about great inequality in Ireland are just bunkum". Having had a look at the arguments in support of …

Inequality: a Real and Growing Threat to the Irish Economy

Nat O'Connor, Cormac Staunton 16/02/2015

Nat O'Connor and Cormac Staunton: Economics has always been about the study of who gets what, when and how. This issue has come into sharp focus due …

Benchmarking Ireland's Income Tax against the Anglo-Saxon World

Nat O'Connor 06/02/2015

Nat O'Connor: The Irish Times reports that the Government may be considering benchmarking tax on higher earners against what they would pay in the …

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