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.


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 …

Why Half of Irish People are Willing to Pay More Taxes

Nat O'Connor 26/01/2015

Nat O'Connor: Most people want Ireland to be more equal, and they want this to be achieved through boosting the minimum wage, capping high pay, …

Think again about the 'squeezed middle'

Nat O'Connor 15/01/2015

Nat O'Connor: Ireland's 'squeezed middle' has been defined by the Minister for Finance, Michael Noonan, as those earning between €32,800 and …

The Issue is Income Adequacy not the Price of Water

Nat O'Connor 01/11/2014

Nat O'Connor: If ten families on a hillside got together and built their own water supply, and had to pay to monitor and treat every litre to keep it …

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