Informed Policy for a Better Ireland

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Child poverty will increase sharply unless there is some economic recovery in 2020

New research by the ESRI highlights trends in child poverty during the Great Recession of 2008 and simulates the effect of recent COVID-19-related job losses alongside emergency income support measures on child income poverty in 2020.

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Download research on the potential impact of COVID-19 across areas including economic growth, employment and human behaviour.

Research Areas

The mission of the Economic and Social Research Institute is to advance evidence-based policymaking that supports economic sustainability and social progress in Ireland. ESRI researchers apply the highest standards of academic excellence to challenges facing policymakers, focusing on 11 areas of critical importance to 21st Century Ireland.