From Celtic Tiger to Crisis: Progress, Problems and Prospects for Social Security in Ireland. Hick, R. Social Policy and Administration, 48(4):394–412, August, 2014. Place: Oxford Publisher: Blackwell Publishing Ltd.
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This article provides an assessment of the impact of changes to social security in Ireland during both the Celtic Tiger and crisis periods, comparing change in social security rates relative to prices and to median equivalized net income. It is argued that, contrary to some commentary, there was progress in terms of social welfare generosity during the Celtic Tiger years, despite Ireland adopting a low-tax economic model. However, in the latter years of the Celtic Tiger period, this progress was increasingly leveraged against precarious property-related taxes. Following the collapse of the housing bubble, the bank guarantee and the bailout, there has been substantial retrenchment of social security, both in terms of cuts to some of the primary social welfare payments, tightening of scheme rules as well as more direct cuts to less visible schemes. The article provides an assessment of these changes, ending on a cautionary note in arguing that the prospects for the future do not augur well given Ireland's continued commitment to a low-tax economic model. [PUBLICATION ABSTRACT]
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	title = {From {Celtic} {Tiger} to {Crisis}: {Progress}, {Problems} and {Prospects} for {Social} {Security} in {Ireland}},
	volume = {48},
	issn = {01445596},
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	doi = {10.1111/spol.12067},
	abstract = {This article provides an assessment of the impact of changes to social security in Ireland during both the Celtic Tiger and crisis periods, comparing change in social security rates relative to prices and to median equivalized net income. It is argued that, contrary to some commentary, there was progress in terms of social welfare generosity during the Celtic Tiger years, despite Ireland adopting a low-tax economic model. However, in the latter years of the Celtic Tiger period, this progress was increasingly leveraged against precarious property-related taxes. Following the collapse of the housing bubble, the bank guarantee and the bailout, there has been substantial retrenchment of social security, both in terms of cuts to some of the primary social welfare payments, tightening of scheme rules as well as more direct cuts to less visible schemes. The article provides an assessment of these changes, ending on a cautionary note in arguing that the prospects for the future do not augur well given Ireland's continued commitment to a low-tax economic model.                [PUBLICATION ABSTRACT]},
	language = {English},
	number = {4},
	journal = {Social Policy and Administration},
	author = {Hick, Rod},
	month = aug,
	year = {2014},
	note = {Place: Oxford
Publisher: Blackwell Publishing Ltd.},
	keywords = {1130:Economic theory, 1200:Social policy, 1220:Social trends \& culture, 1300:International trade \& foreign investment, Economic models, Foreign investment, Social Services And Welfare, Social security},
	pages = {394--412},
}

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