Intergenerational inequality: Poverty, Income Inequality and Living Standards in Ireland

May 11, 2021

Chapter 4 in Roantree, B., B. Maître, A. McTague and I. Privalko (2021). Poverty, income inequality and living standards in Ireland: First annual report, Dublin: ESRI,

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Young adults have been disproportionately hit by the labour market impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, according to new research published today by the Economic and Social Research Institute (ESRI) that is funded by the Community Foundation for Ireland.

This shows there were 112,000 fewer 15-34 year olds in paid work in the final quarter of 2020 than a year earlier, compared to 93,000 fewer workers aged 35+. Proportionally, employment was 14 per cent below its pre-pandemic level for those age 15-34 compared to just 6 per cent below for those age 35+.