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Barra Roantree

Barra Roantree

International Research Associate


PhD Economics, University College London, 2018

MSc Economics, Trinity College Dublin, 2012

BA Economics (1st Class), Trinity College Dublin, 2011

Barra is an IFS Research Associate based at the Economic and Social Research Institute in Dublin. He previously worked at the IFS between 2012 and 2018. Barra's work is focused on taxation, welfare and pensions.


Briefing note
The richest members of our society get a lot of attention. Much of the public conversation about economic inequality is concerned with, loosely, the top 1%, how different they are from the rest, how they got to where they are, and what – if anything – policy should do about it. This briefing ...
Briefing note
Over the past 40 years, the UK has seen an almost continual rise in the proportion of women in employment. The employment rate among women of ‘prime working age’ (aged 25-54) is up from 57% in 1975 to a record high of 78% in 2017.

News and comment

Debates about welfare policy often discuss benefit recipients as though they are a fixed, relatively small group of people. In reality, people’s circumstances fluctuate frequently over their lifetimes, often dramatically and in ways that matter hugely for entitlements to benefits. People’s ...


This presentation was given at the Understanding Society Scientific Conference, Essex, July 2017
This presentation was delivered to the Nevin Economic Research Institute, Dublin on 13 July 2016