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Should We Be Worried About Income Inequality in Ireland? ESRI Research Bulletin 2011/2/3

Layte, Richard (2011) Should We Be Worried About Income Inequality in Ireland? ESRI Research Bulletin 2011/2/3. UNSPECIFIED.

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    Despite the recession Ireland remains a country with relatively high income inequality. Ireland sits just behind the UK near the top of the inequality rankings in Europe behind the Baltic and Southern European states. Is this a problem? Should we be concerned about levels of income inequality in Irish society? Debates about this issue often centre on the moral acceptability of income inequality with protagonists adopting well worn ideological positions but is there actually any evidence that higher levels of income inequality are a problem? Some may have moral misgivings about excessively high incomes at the top and those at the bottom being left behind as middle incomes increase, but does inequality in itself, as opposed to being poor, actually have any consequences? Recent ESRI research suggests that the answer is yes.

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    Subjects for non-EU documents: Countries > Ireland
    EU policies and themes > Policies & related activities > economic and financial affairs > general
    Subjects for EU documents: UNSPECIFIED
    EU Series and Periodicals: UNSPECIFIED
    EU Annual Reports: UNSPECIFIED
    Series: Series > Economic and Social Research Institute (ESRI), Dublin > ESRI Research Bulletin
    Depositing User: Phil Wilkin
    Official EU Document: No
    Language: English
    Date Deposited: 21 Sep 2019 08:33
    Number of Pages: 3
    Last Modified: 21 Sep 2019 08:33

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