Posts by Robert Sweeney

Sweeney, Robert

Robert Sweeney     @sweeneyr82

Robert Sweeney is a policy analyst at TASC and focuses on issues surrounding Irish political economy and distribution. He has a PhD in economics from University of Leeds, which concentrated on financial markets and investors, banking, international macroeconomics, and housing. He is also interested in debates on alternative schools and methodology in economics, and ownership.


The Anatomy of a Crisis

Robert Sweeney 30/03/2020

A Look Back at the 2008 Crisis These are unchartered waters. Ireland is now in effective lockdown. As the dust settles on the enormity of the health crisis, the economic challenge we face is similarly formidable. The ESRI warns that unemployment could peak at 18% this year, that incomes over the year will fall by 7%, and that public finances will …



Ireland, low pay, and the Living Wage

Robert Sweeney 18/12/2019

The idea that work should pay is a key component of our social contract. Without adequate pay, the ability to live a life that is independent and …

The Irish fiscal straitjacket

Robert Sweeney 30/10/2019

These are eventful times for the Irish economy. We are told a variety of ‘storm clouds’ have been forming internationally which, it is claimed, …

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 …

Inequality in Ireland today

Robert Sweeney 11/02/2019

A previous blog looked at the broad contours of inequality in Ireland today. What we found was that (i) inequality has grown here (ii) Ireland now …

Inequality in Ireland today

Robert Sweeney 16/01/2019

With continuing housing crises, health crises, inadequate childcare, climate change inaction, there’s no shortage of public policy emergencies …

Public spending and services in the years to come

Robert Sweeney 30/10/2018

With the dust settling on the recent budget, it is a good time to take stock of Irish economic policy, current and future. In June, the Department of …

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