Economic Stress and the Great Recession in Ireland: The Erosion of Social Class Disadvantage

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Title: Economic Stress and the Great Recession in Ireland: The Erosion of Social Class Disadvantage
Authors: Whelan, Christopher T.Nolan, BrianMaitre, Bertrand
Permanent link: http://hdl.handle.net/10197/10358
Date: 2018
Online since: 2019-05-08T14:11:06Z
Abstract: In this paper we address the issue of whether the Great Recession in Ireland led to increased social class polarisation in the experience of economic stress. Rather than observing polarisation, we find evidence for ‘middle class squeeze’ involving the self-employed and a significant erosion of the advantages associated with the higher social classes. These outcomes derived primarily from a weakening of the degree of association between social class and income class and a reduction of the buffering effect of social class within the lower income classes. By 2012 social class had no impact on economic stress net of income class.
Type of material: Journal Article
Publisher: Economic and Social Studies
Journal: The Economic and Social Review
Volume: 49
Issue: 3
Start page: 259
End page: 286
Keywords: Great RecessionIrelandMiddle class squeezeSelf-employedEconomic stress
Other versions: https://www.esr.ie/article/view/978/192
Language: en
Status of Item: Peer reviewed
Appears in Collections:Social Policy, Social Work and Social Justice Research Collection

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