Pensions Commission

The website of the Pensions Commission is available here.

Part of the material presented to the Commission generated headlines while some of the issues the Commission will tackle were addressed in this piece by Sean Barrett.

On the decline in inequality: a question of emphasis

Robert Sweeney of TASC writes on the decline of inequality in Ireland.

In sum, income inequality, according to the best evidence, has fallen; Ireland, by conventional measures, has the most progressive tax system in the EU; and Ireland has a very high share of low-work intensity households. It is also the case that in historical terms our inequality is high, and differences in living standards have likely increased. Lower income households basically work as much as the rest of society, and the poorest pay almost the same share of their income in tax as the rich. Facts are facts and needn’t be quarrelled with. But there are many ways to present them.

Michael Somers on Pensions

Former Chief Executive of the NTMA, Michael Somers, writes in The Irish TimesWe continue to ignore massive pensions elephant in the room‘.

Why has income inequality fallen in Ireland?

Here’s a piece from RTE’s Brainstorm series that looks to explain some of the factors behind Ireland’s outlier position in this chart.

Wellbeing not GDP must be our measure of progress

A piece by Paul O’Hara in The Irish Times today. And a few days ago Cliff Taylor wrote on ‘Why Irish households are not, after all, among the best off in the EU’.