Claire Keane joined the Social Policy division in September 2007. She holds a Bachelor of Business Studies degree (specialising in economics and finance), a Masters degree in Economics and completed a PhD in Economics at University College Dublin in 2012. She worked in the financial services and regulatory sector before working at the ESRI.
Her research interests include labour economics, income tax, welfare and pension policy as well as poverty and income distribution analysis. She works mainly in the area of taxation, welfare and pensions working on the ESRI tax-benefit model, SWITCH.
The ESRI works towards a national vision of ‘Informed policy for a better Ireland’. This means producing high-quality analysis to provide robust evidence for policymaking, with the goals of research excellence and policy impact.
The ESRI produces research that contributes to understanding economic and social change in the new international context and that informs public policymaking and civil society in Ireland.