Prof Brian Nolan
Director of Employment, Equity and Growth
Professor of Social Policy, Department of Social Policy and Intervention, University of Oxford
Brian Nolan has been Director of INET’s Employment, Equity and Growth Programme, Professor of Social Policy at the Department of Social Policy and Intervention, and Senior Research Fellow at Nuffield College Oxford since 2014. He was previously Principal of the College of Human Sciences and Professor of Public Policy at University College Dublin. He is an economist by training, with a doctorate from the London School of Economics, and his main areas of research are income inequality, poverty, and the economics of social policy. He has been centrally involved in a range of collaborative cross-country research networks and projects, including the Growing Inequalities’ Impacts (GINI) multi-country research project on inequalities and their impacts. He co-edited The Handbook of Economic Inequality (2008), The Great Recession and the Distribution of Household Income (2013), Changing Inequalities in Rich Countries: Analytical and Comparative Perspectives (2014), Changing Inequalities and Societal Impacts in Rich Countries: Thirty Countries’ Experiences (2014), and Children of Austerity: The Impact of the Great Recession on Child Poverty in Rich Countries (2017), and with Christopher T. Whelan co-authored Poverty and Deprivation in Europe (2011), all published by Oxford University Press.
The Employment, Equity and Growth Programme he directs at INET has been seeking to understand why current growth models are failing those on middle and lower incomes in many developed countries, and what policies may help to promote better, fairer growth. Research carried out by the group with the support of the Resolution Foundation has been brought together in two volumes he edited, published by Oxford University Press in 2018: Inequality and Inclusive Growth in Rich Countries: Shared Challenges and Contrasting Fortunes and Generating Prosperity for Working Families in Affluent Countries.
He currently leads the Oxford Martin Programme on Inequality and Prosperity established in 2016 as part of the Oxford Martin School’s research partnership with Citi, looking at the drivers of inequality and how best to address it and promote inclusive growth. He is also principal investigator on a project funded by the Nuffield Foundation on the intergenerational transmission of family wealth.
No. 2019-09 - Has the Middle Secured Its Share of Growth or Been Squeezed?
17 Jun 19
In striking contrast to the notion that democracy is under threat because ‘the middle’ has been ‘squ...
No. 2019-07 - Inequality and Real Income Growth for Middle and Low-income Households Across Rich Countries in Recent Decades
06 Jun 19
This paper places what has happened to income inequality in rich countries over recent decades along...
No. 2019-05 - The Median Versus Inequality-Adjusted GDP as Core Indicator of ‘Ordinary’ Household Living Standards in Rich Countries
30 May 19
This paper first highlights the extent to which GDP per head will be unreliable as an indicator of h...
No. 2019-04 - What Happened to the 'Great American Jobs Machine'?
18 Apr 19
In the 1980s and 1990s the US employment rate increased steadily. Since then it has declined both in...
Intergenerational class mobility in Europe: A new account
22 Mar 19
Forthcoming in Social Forces
No. 2018-15 - The Drivers of Inequality in Rich Countries
31 Oct 18
Rising income inequality has recently come centre-stage as a core societal concern for rich countrie...
Inequality and ordinary living standards in rich countries
03 Aug 18
Country contexts really matter, and policy responses must be framed in light of the institutional po...
Inequality and Inclusive Growth in Rich Countries: Shared Challenges and Contrasting Fortunes
28 Jun 18
GDP Per Capita Versus Median Household Income: What Gives Rise to the Divergence Over Time and how does this Vary Across OECD Countries?
17 May 18
Rising Income Inequality and Living Standards in OECD Countries: How Does the Middle Fare?
15 May 18
Income inequality has increased in a number of the rich democratic nations over the past generation....
INET Briefing Note: Women Leading UK Employment Boom
28 Feb 18
Reducing poverty and inequality through tax-benefit reform and the minimum wage: the UK as a case-study
06 Dec 17
This paper assesses the first-round effects of tax, transfer and minimum wage reforms on income ineq...
Prof Brian Nolan: Children of austerity: impact of the great recession on child poverty in rich countries
13 Nov 17
The 2008 financial crisis triggered the first contraction of the world economy in the post-war era. ...