Michael Savage

Social Research | Research Officer
Michael Savage was 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 tobacco control policies in Ireland
Contact Details:

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


Latest Publications:
  • Distributional Impact of Tax and Welfare Policies: Budget 2018
  • Do youth access control policies stop young people smoking? Evidence from Ireland
  • 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

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  • Programmes and Projects:
  • SWITCH Model: Databases and Technical Development
  • Household Expenditure and Indirect Taxes
  • Analysing Labour Supply Decisions
  • Financial Incentives to Work
  • Income Distribution and Redistribution
  • 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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