Inequality in Ireland 1987-1994: A Comparison Using Measures of Income and Consumption>


  • Donald O’Neil
  • Olive Sweetman


This article provides a detailed description of recent trends in inequality in Ireland. To date most of the analysis of inequality in Ireland has used income data. We supplement this with detailed data on individual expenditure taken from the Household Budget Survey. While the results on inequality are not sensitive to the choice of resource measure used, we find that the composition of the low-spending group and the low-income group differ.