Veritas propter investigationem [Truth through research]

Gerry Hughes

BComm (1964), MEconSc (1967), MSc (1973), PhD (1982) Research Professor, The Economic and Social Research Institute, Dublin, Ireland

Gerry has being undertaking research on pension issues for over 20 years. He has a particular interest in the effects of pension financing on national savings and in the cost and distributional effects of tax expenditure on private pensions.

Relevant work experience:

• Finance assistant, British Iron and Steel Federation, London 1964-65

• Statistician, Dominion Bureau of Statistics, Ottawa 1965-66

• Economist, Economic and Social Research Institute 1967-72

• Economist, National Economic and Social Council, Ireland 1973-74

• Economist, Economic and Social Research Institute 1974-

Other relevant appointments:

• Consultant, OECD private pensions project 1990

• Executive Committee Member, European Network for Research on Supplementary Pensions, 1994-2004

Relevant publications include:

1994 Private Pensions in OECD Countries: Ireland. Paris: Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, Social Policy Studies No. 13, 1994.

1996 International Perspectives on Supplementary Pensions: Actors and Issues, (edited by E. Reynaud, L. apRoberts, B. Davies, and G. Hughes). Westport, Connecticut.: Quorum Books..

1996 Occupational and Personal Pension Plans 1995. Dublin: Economic and Social Research Institute, (with B. J. Whelan)

1999 The Role of the State in Pension Provision: Employer, Regulator, Provider, (edited by Gerard Hughes and Jim Stewart. Dordrecht: Kluwer Academic Publishers.

2000 “Competitive and Segmented Labour Markets and Exclusion from Retirement Income” (with Brian Nolan) in Policy Measures for Low-wage Employment in Europe (edited by W. Salverda, C. Lucifora and B. Nolan). Cheltenham, U.K.: Edward Elgar

2000 “Social Security in Ireland: A Model for Pension Reform” in Social Security Pensions: Development and Reform (edited by Colin Gillion, John Turner, Clive Bailey, Denis Latulippe). Geneva: International Labour Office.

2000 Pensions in the European Union: Adapting to Economic and Social Change, (edited by Gerard Hughes and Jim Stewart). Dordrecht: Kluwer Academic Publishers.

2001 Multinational Corporations and Global and International Models of Pension Provision: Evidence from Ireland”, in Globalization, Institutions and Social Cohesion (edited by Maurizio Franzini and Felice R. Pizzuti). Berlin: Springer-Verlag.

2001 The Cost and Distribution of Tax Expenditure on Occupational Pensions in Ireland”. ESRI Conference: Pensions and Prospects. Dublin: Economic and Social Research Institute.

2003 Private Pensions and Equity in Ireland and the UK”, Pensions: An International Journal, Vol. 8 No. 2.

2004 “Financing Pensions by Stealth: The Anglo-American Model and the Cost and Distribution of Tax Benefits for Private Pensions” (with Adrian Sinfield) in G. Hughes and J. Stewart (editors), Reforming Pensions in Europe: Evolution of Pension Financing and Sources of Retirement Income. Cheltenham: Edward Elgar.

2005 Pensioners’ Incomes and Replacement Rates in 2000 (with Dorothy Watson). Dublin: The Economic and Social Research Institute, Policy Research Series. .