Trends in economic vulnerability in the Republic of Ireland

C.T. Whelan, B. Nolan, B. Maître

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    In this paper we evaluate trends in levels of economic vulnerability in Ireland during the period 1994-2001. We also document changes in the consequences of such vulnerability for social exclusion and in the social demographic factors with which it is associated. Over time there was a sharp decline in economic vulnerability. Furthermore, the degree of differentiation between the vulnerable and non-vulnerable classes in relation to both economic exclusion and social exclusion, more broadly conceived, remained relatively constant. Ireland is characterised by levels of socio-economic inequality that place it at the more unequal end of the European spectrum. However, the dramatic reductions in levels of vulnerability across the socio-economic spectrum demonstrate that the fruits of the economic boom have been distributed relatively widely.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)91-119
    Number of pages29
    JournalEconomic and Social Review
    Issue number1
    Publication statusPublished - 01 Mar 2006

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