Michael Savage

Michael Savage

Social Research | Research Officer
Michael Savage is a Research Officer working with the SWITCH team in the ESRI. He joined the ESRI as a Research Assistant in September 2011. Alongside his work in the ESRI, Michael obtained a PhD (Economics) from UCD in 2016. His PhD thesis examined issues in taxation, optimal tax reform and the distribution of income. Michael has also completed an MA in Economics and a Higher Diploma in Economics, both in UCD.

He worked in Ulster Bank before returning to university to undertake the MA in Economics. He previously graduated with a BA in Economics, Politics and Law and an MA in Development from DCU. His research interests include income tax, welfare and pension policy as well as commodity taxation and income distribution analysis. He has also published on the impact of the Irish workplace smoking ban.
Contact Details:

Tel: +353 1 8632000
Email: michael.savage@esri.ie

Latest Publications:
  • Analysing the distributional impact of indirect taxes: a new approach for Ireland
  • Integrated modelling of the impact of direct and indirect taxes using complementary datasets
  • Supporting family incomes: getting the balance right
  • Income distribution in Ireland: through recession, towards recovery
  • Distributional Impact of Tax and Welfare Policies: Budget 2017
  • Financial Incentives to Work: Comparing Ireland and the UK
  • Poorest Made Poorer? Decomposing income losses at the bottom of the income distribution during the Great Recession
  • Indirect Tax Reform and the Specification of Demand: the Case of Ireland
  • Distributional Impact of Tax, Welfare and Public Service Pay Policies: Budget 2016 and Budgets 2009-2016
  • A Profile of Financial Incentives to Work in Ireland

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  • Programmes and Projects:
  • An Initial Evaluation of the Effectiveness of the Intreo Activation Process Reforms
  • Gender Impact of Tax and Benefit Policies
  • Analysis of Tax and Welfare Policies using SWITCH

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