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The world economy is in the middle of a depression, and the Irish economy is among the worst hit. The public finances are in disarray. Taxes are up; wages and benefits are down. Prices are down too, as (world) demand has fallen, as companies vigorously compete for dwindling business, and as direct imports from the United Kingdom are increasingly attractive (Bergin et al. 2009). This affects different groups differently. This note quantifies the impact of price inflation on various types of household, segmented by income and other characteristics.
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