The stabilising effect of the tax-benefit system on gender earnings inequality

A sizeable gap in the earnings between men and women exists driven by factors such as lower average labour force participation and work hours for women along with lower wages. In this paper, we will examine the role of the tax-benefit system in cushioning this gender earnings gap in Ireland and how we compare to other European countries. This research is funded by the Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection, the Department of Health, the Department of Children and Youth Affairs, the Department of Finance and the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform.