The economic case for equality in Ireland

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Title: The economic case for equality in Ireland
Authors: Cantillon, Sara
Vasquez del Aguila, Ernesto
Permanent link: http://hdl.handle.net/10197/4494
Date: Oct-2011
Abstract: The economic case for greater equality has been an increasing topic of academic debate over the past decade. Even though there are a number of studies that tackle the issue of discrimination in Ireland, the economic case for equality is not well developed. This report highlight some important contributions in the field of non-discrimination, diversity and equality in the labour market, and stresses the need to develop further research on the costs and benefits of antidiscrimination policies. Investment in so called ‘virtuous circles’ of greater equality and economic success has become standard practice across a growing number of companies and corporations worldwide. The cost for companies of ignoring the importance of diversity and equal opportunity policies can be directly translated into the high cost of replacing employees who leave because of lack of opportunities or discrimination within the workplace. This report shows how measuring issues such as discrimination and equality is a crucial task, while being very challenging and difficult to achieve. Several studies have established that diversity measurement is not just about numbers and representation by grounds. It is about measurement in the context of employee functions in the work environment. This report examines a variety of sources: from socioeconomic academic studies on discrimination, reports by NGOs, the Central Statistics Office, the Equality Authority, trade unions and business associations, among others.
Funding Details: Not applicable
Type of material: Working Paper
Publisher: University College Dublin. School of Social Justice
Keywords: Ireland;Discrimination;Labour market;Diversity;Economics;Economic case for equality;Equality
Language: en
Status of Item: Peer reviewed
Appears in Collections:Social Justice Series

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