Tackling Economic Inequality
Tackling economic inequality is at the heart of TASC's work. Recent decades have seen a widening gap between the wealthy and the rest of society. We believe that is wrong in itself, extremely damaging for society and, as we have seen recently, the root cause yet again of economic devastation.
Through its research, TASC aims to establish and draw attention to the extent of extreme inequality in Ireland and, by so doing, to raise the issue up the public agenda in good times and bad.
Our work involves a critical, informed analysis of the causes, effects and sometimes complex dynamics of economic inequality in Ireland and in the global economy.
As well as establishing the facts, TASC produces proposals across a range of policy dimensions to address aspects of economic inequality, with the end-goal of a shared prosperity across society, the elimination of poverty and material deprivation, and efficient and effective public services.
Along with other progressives across Europe, TASC has argued for greater public investment in order to tackle economic inequality. Our partners at Greenwich Political Economy Research Centre have produced a policy brief for Ireland:
Our Annual Economic Inequality Reports
A long-term project by TASC is to monitor trends in economic inequality in Ireland.
Starting in 2015, we have produced annual reports presenting key economic inequality indicators in Ireland, which year-on-year will provide critical information for the public, for policy makers and activists alike.
A home or a wealth generator: Inequality, financialisation and the Irish housing crisis
'A home or a wealth generator: Inequality, financialisation and the Irish housing crisis' by Dr Rory Hearne is extracted from Cherishing All Equally 2017.
Cherishing All Equally 2017 is the third edition of TASC’s annual report on economic inequality in Ireland and moves from the general to the particular.
Chapter 1 looks at the overall nature of economic inequality in contemporary market democracies: it justifies the focus on inequality within rather than between societies. Chapter 2 concentrates on Ireland within a comparative European framework. Within these international and national frameworks, chapter 3 looks at one of the most dramatically visible aspects of inequality in Ireland today – the housing crisis.
This report is the first annual update of the groundbreaking 2015 report. It includes two in-depth themed sections regarding the impact of economic inequality on gender and children.
TASC has also produced three Report Highlights, which provide an overview of the key findings from Cherishing All Equally 2016, the first Report Highlight 1 provides an overview of the main findings of the 2016 Report, the second Report Highlight presents the key economic indicators and the third Report Highlight provides the key findings in relation to the extent and impact of economic inequality on children in Ireland.
You can access all 3 report highlights below.
Published in February 2015, this report is the first detailed analysis of economic inequality in Ireland. It looks beyond income and wealth at a range of other issues including public services, taxation, family composition, people’s capacities and the cost of goods and services. TASC intends to publish an annual report analysing economic inequality.
For more on Economic Inequality, read our Frequently Asked Questions.
TASC has produced research in the area of Economic Inequality and Gender.