The Great Recession and the changing intergenerational distribution of economic stress across income classes in Ireland: A comparative perspective

Date: 01 August 2017

In this paper we seek to bridge the gap between recent analysis relating to the distributional consequences of the Great Recession across the income distribution and more specific concerns relating to inter-generational outcomes. In Ireland in 2008 there was a clear age gradient in relation to economic stress. Over time the gradient became sharper with the relative position of younger groups deteriorating. The increased salience of age group differentiation in Ireland involved two components. The first related to variability in increases in stress across the age spectrum that was common across income class categories. In that respect children and the older middle age group suffered most. The second involves changes in the additional effects of poverty. While the variable impact of poverty increased the differentials between the elderly and all other groups, it reduced the degree of differentiation between the non-elderly groups. ...

Brian Nolan Christopher T. Whelan Bertrand MaƮtre

Employment, Equity and Growth

The Great Recession and the changing intergenerational distribution of economic stress across income classes in Ireland: A comparative perspective


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Whelan, C.T., Nolan, B. & Maitre, B. (2017). 'The Great Recession and the changing intergenerational distribution of economic stress across income classes in Ireland: A comparative perspective'. Irish Journal of Sociology, 25(2). pp.105-127.


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