Informed Policy for a Better Ireland

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Childhood poverty associated with higher risk of material deprivation and income poverty in Irish adults

This study finds that in 2019, the likelihood of deprivation in adulthood was 35% higher among individuals who grew up in poverty when compared to individuals who grew up in ‘very good’ financial circumstances.

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Average private rents almost double their 2012 level, but income inequality at new record low

This report – funded by the Community Foundation for Ireland – found that rising rents have led to a substantial decline in the affordability of housing for young and low-income private renters.

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.