Professor Brian Nolan

Brian Nolan has been Professor of Social Policy at the Department of Social Policy and Intervention, Director of INET’s Employment, Equity and Growth Programme, and Senior Research Fellow at Nuffield College Oxford since 2014. He was previously Principal of the College of Human Sciences and Professor of Public Policy at University College Dublin. He is an economist by training, with a doctorate from the London School of Economics, and his main areas of research are income inequality, poverty, and the economics of social policy. He has been centrally involved in a range of collaborative cross-country research networks and projects, including the Growing Inequalities’ Impacts (GINI) multi-country research project on inequalities and their impacts. He co-edited The Handbook of Economic Inequality (2008), The Great Recession and the Distribution of Household Income (2013), Changing Inequalities in Rich Countries: Analytical and Comparative Perspectives (2014), Changing Inequalities and Societal Impacts in Rich Countries: Thirty Countries’ Experiences (2014), and Children of Austerity: The Impact of the Great Recession on Child Poverty in Rich Countries (2017), and with Christopher T. Whelan co-authored Poverty and Deprivation in Europe (2011), all published by Oxford University Press.

The Employment, Equity and Growth Programme which he directs has been seeking to understand why current growth models are failing those on middle and lower incomes in many developed countries, and what policies help to promote better, fairer growth. Research carried out by the group with the support of the Resolution Foundation has been brought together in two volumes he edited, published by Oxford University Press in 2018:

Inequality and Inclusive Growth in Rich Countries: Shared Challenges and Contrasting Fortunes

https://global.oup.com/academic/product/inequality-and-inclusive-growth-in-rich-countries-9780198807032 

and Generating Prosperity for Working Families in Rich Countries

https://global.oup.com/academic/product/generating-prosperity-for-working-families-in-rich-countries-9780198807056.

He currently leads the Oxford Martin Programme on Inequality and Prosperity established in 2016 as part of the Oxford Martin School’s research partnership with Citi, looking at the drivers of inequality and how best to address it and promote inclusive growth.

https://www.oxfordmartin.ox.ac.uk/research/programmes/inequality-prosperity

He is also principal investigator on a project funded by the Nuffield Foundation on the intergenerational transmission of family wealth.
http://www.nuffieldfoundation.org/intergenerational-transmission-family-wealth

Research

Recent research has focused on trends in income inequality, their drivers and economic and social impacts; the relationship between inequality and trends in real incomes at and below the middle; labour/capital shares and personal income inequality; child poverty in rich countries; inequality, intergenerational mobility and the transmission of wealth.

Publications
  • The Median Versus Inequality-Adjusted GNI as Core Indicator of ‘Ordinary’ Household Living Standards in Rich Countries

  • Intergenerational Class Mobility in Europe: A New Account

  • Has the middle secured its share of growth or been squeezed?

  • GDP Per Capita Versus Median Household Income: What Gives Rise to the Divergence Over Time and how does this Vary Across OECD Countries?

  • The Great Recession, Austerity and Inequality: Lessons from Ireland

  • Inequality and its discontents

  • THE DRIVERS OF INCOME INEQUALITY IN RICH COUNTRIES

  • Generating Prosperity for Working Families in Affluent Countries

  • Inequality and Inclusive Growth in Rich Countries Shared Challenges and Contrasting Fortunes

  • Rising Income Inequality and Living Standards in OECD Countries: How Does the Middle Fare?

  • More