Taxation, Welfare and Pensions

ESRI research on taxation, welfare and pensions examines the impact of actual policy changes on real households and explores “what if” questions about the effects of future policy changes of interest. The aim is to inform policy debate and policy choices using nationally representative data. Much of the work is based around SWITCH, the ESRI tax-benefit model (Simulating Welfare and Income Tax Changes), which uses detailed data on the incomes and other tax and welfare relevant characteristics of the CSO’s Survey on Income and Living Conditions (SILC). SWITCH simulates how households are affected by the rules of the current system, and by proposed reforms.

Recently, research has focused on the impact of the recession on household incomes and on financial incentives to work. In addition, the ESRI microsimulation model, SWITCH, was expanded to analyse issues relating to income-related entitlements to health services, such as medical and GP visit cards. The research programme was supported by prioritised funding from the grant in aid, and funding from the Department of Social Protection and the Department of Health.


Main Publications in Taxation, Welfare and Pensions Research Area


Other Misc. Outputs



Budget Perspectives 2011
October 12, 2010 | ESRI Research Series

Editors: Tim Callan
Research Area: Taxation, Welfare and Pensions


The Challenge of Tax Reform and Expanding the Tax Base
July 31, 2010 | Geary Lecture Series

Authors: James Poterba
Research Area: Taxation, Welfare and Pensions


Base-Broadening Tax Reforms
July 9, 2010 | ESRI Research Bulletin

Authors: Tim Callan, Claire Keane , John R Walsh
Research Area: Taxation, Welfare and Pensions


The Regional Dimension of Taxes and Public Expenditure in Ireland
June 18, 2010 | Journal Article

Authors: Edgar Morgenroth
Research Area: Macroeconomics | Taxation, Welfare and Pensions


What Role for Property Taxes in Ireland?
March 12, 2010 | Journal Article

Authors: Tim Callan, Claire Keane , John R Walsh
Research Area: Taxation, Welfare and Pensions


Distributional Impact of Budgetary Policy
December 20, 2009 | Book/Report Chapter

Authors: Tim Callan, Claire Keane , John R Walsh
Research Area: Taxation, Welfare and Pensions


Pension Policy: New Evidence on Key Issues
November 25, 2009 | ESRI Research Series

Authors: Tim Callan, Claire Keane , John R Walsh
Research Area: Taxation, Welfare and Pensions


Budget Perspectives 2010
October 13, 2009 | ESRI Research Series

Editors: Tim Callan
Research Area: Taxation, Welfare and Pensions


Tax Reform: Selected Issues
October 13, 2009 | Budget Perspectives

Authors: Tim Callan, Claire Keane , John R Walsh
Research Area: Taxation, Welfare and Pensions


The Recession, Budgets, Competition, and Regulation: Should the State Supply Bespoke Protection?
October 13, 2009 | Budget Perspectives

Authors: Paul Gorecki
Research Area: Internationalisation and Competitiveness | Taxation, Welfare and Pensions


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