This strand of the SWITCH research programme analyses how the distribution of income is affected by tax and transfer policies, and by broader developments in the macroeconomy such as changes in employment, unemployment and the distribution of wages. Direct analysis of SILC at national and EU levels is complemented by detailed modelling of policy effects using the SWITCH model.
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.