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Micheal Collins

Lecturer/Assistant Professor

School Of Soc Pol, Soc Wrk & Soc Justice
Sheehy-Skeffington Building
Belfield
Dublin 4

Tel: +353 1 7168511
Email: ml.collins@ucd.ie

Biography

Dr Micheál Collins is Assistant Professor of Social Policy at School of Social Policy, Social Work and Social Justice, University College Dublin. Prior to that, he was a Senior Economist at the Nevin Economic Research Institute (NERI). His main research interests and publications are in the areas of income distribution, taxation, redistribution, economic evaluation and public policy.

He was a member of the Commission on Taxation (2008-2009) and the Government¿s Advisory Group on Tax and Social Welfare (2011-2014). He is a former chair of the Irish Social Policy Association (ISPA) and the Regional Studies Association (RSA) of Ireland. He is currently a member of the National Competitiveness Council, the TCD Pensions Policy Research Group and the Living Wage Technical Group.

Micheál is a native of Ennis in Co. Clare and a graduate of NUI Galway, UCC and the University of Dublin, Trinity College. He is a fellow of the Regional Studies Association (FeRSA).

Follow me on twitter: @MLGCollins

Professional

 

Associations

Association: Social Policy Association (SPA) ¿ UK , Function/Role: Member
Association: International Institute of Public Finance (IIPF) , Function/Role: Member
Association: Irish Economics Association (IEA) , Function/Role: Member
Association: Statistical and Social Inquiry Society of Ireland (SSISI) , Function/Role: Life Member
Association: Regional Studies Association , Function/Role: Fellow (FeRSA) and Committee Member Irish Branch (former Chairman Irish Branch)
Association: Pensions Policy Research Group (PPRG) TCD , Function/Role: Committee Member
Association: Foundation for Fiscal Studies (FFS) , Function/Role: Committee Member
Association: Irish Social Policy Association (ISPA), Function/Role: Committee Member (former Chairman)
     

Conference Contributions

Collins, M. (2016) The Regional and Sectoral Impacts of an Increase in Low Pay. [International Refereed Conference], Regional Studies Association conference: New Pressures on Cities and Regions, London, United Kingdom , 24-NOV-16 - 25-NOV-16.
Collins, M and G. Hughes (2016) Tax Expenditure on Occupational Pensions in Ireland: Relevance, Cost and Simulating Reform. [International Refereed Conference], European Meeting of the International Microsimulation Association, Budapest, Hungary , 22-SEP-16 - 23-SEP-16.
Collins, M and G. Hughes (2016) Tax Expenditure on Occupational Pensions in Ireland: Relevance, Cost and Simulating Reform. Nevin Economic Research Institute, Research Seminar, Dublin, Ireland , 28-SEP-15 - 28-SEP-16.
Collins, M. (2016) Low Pay: Profiles and Policies. [National Refereed Conference Paper], Dublin Economics Workshop Annual Conference, Wexford, Ireland , 23-SEP-16 - 24-SEP-16.
Collins, M. (2016) Some Progressive Tax Reforms for Budget 2017. TASC Lunchtime Seminar Series, Dublin, Ireland , 22-SEP-16 - 22-SEP-16.
Collins, M. (2016) Broken, Needs Repair: The Corporate Tax System and Ireland's Role in its Reform. Debt and Development Ireland Seminar, Dublin, Ireland , 09-MAR-16 - 09-MAR-16.
Collins, M. (2016) Women and Low Pay: an empirical assessment. [National Refereed Conference Paper], Irish Social Policy Association Conference: Social Policy in Recession and Recovery, Dublin, Ireland , 01-JUL-16 - 01-JUL-16.
Collins, M. (2016) Austerity and Indirect Taxes: Modelling the Inequality Effects. [International Refereed Conference], Social Policy Association Annual Conference, MET Belfast, United Kingdom , 04-JUL-16 - 06-JUL-16.
Collins, M. and N. Holton (2016) The Distributive Effects of an Increase in Low Pay in the Republic of Ireland. [International Refereed Conference], Social Policy Association Annual Conference, MET Belfast, United Kingdom , 04-JUL-16 - 06-JUL-16.
Collins, M. and N. Holton (2016) The Distributive Effects of an Increase in Low Pay in the Republic of Ireland. [International Refereed Conference], Association for Public Policy and Management (APPAM), London School of Economics, London, United Kingdom , 13-JUN-16 - 14-JUN-16.
Collins, M (2016) Earnings and Low Pay in the Republic of Ireland. Maynooth University Economics Seminar, Maynooth, Co. Kildare, Ireland , 04-MAR-16 - 04-MAR-16.
Collins, M. (2016) Estimating the Revenue Yield from a Financial Transactions Tax for the Republic of Ireland. [National Refereed Conference Paper], Irish Economics Association Annual Conference, Galway, Ireland , 05-MAY-16 - 06-MAY-16.
Collins, M. (2016) Earnings and Low Pay in the Republic of Ireland. [Invited Lecture], Paper to the Statistical and Social Inquiry Society of Ireland, Central Statistics Office (CSO), Cork, Ireland , 14-APR-16 - 14-APR-16.
Collins, M (2017) Supporting Pensions Contributions Through the Tax System: Outcomes, Costs and Examining Reform. [International Refereed Conference], Fairtax H2020 international research conference: Adequate, Safe and Sustainable Pensions in Ireland and the Netherlands, NUI Galway, Ireland , 11-APR-17 - 11-APR-17.
Collins, M and G. Hughes (2017) Tax Expenditure on Occupational Pensions in Ireland: Relevance, Cost and Distribution. [National Refereed Conference Paper], Pension Policy Research Group Seminar, NUI Galway, Ireland , 13-JAN-17 - 13-JAN-17.
Collins, M (2017) Earnings, Low Pay and the Living Wage. [Keynote Address], University College Cork Economics Conference, Cork, Ireland , 09-MAR-17 - 09-MAR-17.
Collins, M and G. Hughes (2017) Supporting Pensions Contributions Through the Tax System: Outcomes, Costs and Examining Reform. UCD School of Social Policy, Social Work and Social Justice, Research Seminar, Dublin, Ireland , 29-MAR-17 - 29-MAR-17.

Committees

Committee : TASC Economists Network
Committee : Regional Studies Association Irish Branch, Committee
Committee : Irish Social Policy Association
Committee : Foundation for Fiscal Studies, Projects Committee
Committee : Dublin European Institute, Advisory Board
Committee : University College Dublin, Masters in Public Policy (MPP) Programme Board
 

Education

Year 1999 Institution: NUI Galway, IRL
Qualification: BA Subject:
Year 1998 Institution: University College Cork
Qualification: MA Subject:
   

Outreach Activities

Reviewer Journal of Social Policy (International Peer Reviewed Journal)
 
Reviewer Administration (Irish Journal)

Reviewer Irish Journal of Sociology (Irish Journal)

Peer Reviewer of publications for: Department of Social Protection, TASC, Social Justice Ireland and The Nevin Economic Research Institute.

Appointed by Government as a member of the National Competitiveness Council (2015-current)

Appointed by Government as a member of the Department of Social Protection Advisory Group on ¿Making Work Pay for People with Disabilities¿ (2016-2017)

Appointed by Government as a member of the Advisory Group on Tax and Social Welfare (2011-2013)

Appointed by Government as a member of the Commission on Taxation ¿ within the Commission chaired the subgroup on Tax Expenditure (2008-2009)

Member of the Living Wage Technical Group (2014-current)

Member of the Lord Mayor of Dublin Task Force on Vacant Land (2013-2014)

   

Publications

 

Book Chapters

Collins, M.L. and M.P. Murphy (2016) 'Activation: Solving Unemployment or Supporting a Low Pay Economy?' In: M.P. Murphy and F. Dukelow (eds). The Irish Welfare State in the Twenty-First Century: Challenges and Change. UK: Palgrave Macmillan. Available Online [DOI] [Details]
Collins, M. (2016) 'Ireland's Income Taxation System: a social policy perspective' In: Tobin, G. and C. O'Brien (eds). Irish Tax Policy in Perspective. Dublin, Ireland: Irish Taxation Institute. Available Online [Details]
Collins, M. (2017) 'Taxation: Measures and Policy Issues' In: O¿Hagan, J. and F. O¿Toole (eds). The Economy of Ireland. UK: Palgrave Macmillan. [Details]
 

Peer Reviewed Journals

Collins, M.L. (2016) 'Earnings and Low Pay in the Republic of Ireland¿'. Journal of the Statistical and Social Inquiry Society of Ireland, . Available Online [Details]
                                             

Working Paper

Collins, M.L. (2015) A Profile of Those on The Minimum Wage. Working Paper Available Online [Details]
Collins, M.L. (2015) Earnings and Low Pay in the Republic of Ireland: A profile and Some Policy Issues. Working Paper Available Online [Details]
Collins, M.L. (2015) Taxes and Income Related Taxes Since 2007. Working Paper Available Online [Details]
Ni Lochlainn, A. and Collins, M.L. (2015) Outsourcing in the Public Sector: a value for money perspective. Working Paper Available Online [Details]
Collins, M.L. (2016) Employees on the Minimum Wage in the Republic of Ireland. Working Paper Available Online [Details]
Collins, M.L. (2016) Estimating the Revenue Yield from a Financial Transactions Tax for the Republic of Ireland. The Nevin Economic Research Institute, Dublin: Working Paper Available Online [Details]
Holton, N and Collins, M.L. (2016) Modelling the Impact of an Increase in Low Pay in the Republic of Ireland. Working Paper Available Online [Details]
                               

Policy Contribution

Collins, M.L. (2015) Employee and Self-employed Earnings in the Republic of Ireland¿. Policy Contribution Available Online [Details]
Collins, M.L. (2015) Broken, Needs Repair: an overview of the international corporate taxation system. Policy Contribution Available Online [Details]
Collins, M.L. (2015) Low Pay: some insights. Policy Contribution Available Online [Details]
Collins, M.L. (2015) Where are Pensioners in the Income Distribution?. Policy Contribution Available Online [Details]
Collins, M.L. and Ni Lochlainn, A. (2015) Outsourcing and Value for Money. Policy Contribution Available Online [Details]
Collins, M.L. (2015) The Distribution of Market Income in the Republic of Ireland. Policy Contribution Available Online [Details]
Collins, M.L. (2015) Who Gains from a Minimum Wage Increase?. Policy Contribution Available Online [Details]
Collins, M.L. (2016) Health Insurance and the Living Wage. Policy Contribution Available Online [Details]
Collins, M.L. (2016) Income Taxes and the Earnings Distribution. Policy Contribution Available Online [Details]
                                   

Research

Research Interests

My current research is focused in the following areas:

  • income, earnings and income distribution;
  • taxation;
  • pensions and fiscal welfare;
  • minimum incomes and the living wage
  • public policy and microeconomic modelling; and
  • economic evaluation/welfare economics;

 

   

Current Postgraduate Students

DEARBHAIL NIC GIOLLA MHICIL, Goverance (DGov)   -   Thesis Co-Supervisor

Teaching

 

Modules Coordinated

201600   SSJ10060     Social Justice: Inequality in Irish Society