The Pension Policy Research Group (PPRG) is an independent and inter-institutional research group which was set up in 2004 to carry out research on Ireland's public and private pension systems. The group brings together researchers from various institutions and disciplinary backgrounds to discuss, debate and develop knowledge about this important field. 

Our members represent a wide range of research expertise relating to comparative pension systems, comparisons of tax arrangements for pensions and their effects on income distribution, financial aspects of pensions, demographic modelling, universal versus targeted pension benefits, and the provision of guarantees by private pension plans.

We welcome approaches from anyone interested in our work, including students progressing their own research in the field. If you would like to know more about our work please contact us

Join us

The PPRG is open for membership to anyone pursuing independent research on pensions, pension systems and related areas, subject to a small annual subscription (in 2022 it was €40). Membership covers attendance of our events, including the annual conference, and involvement in any other initiatives organised throughout the year. 

If you would like to apply for membership, or for any questions relating to membership, please contact our Secretary, Bridget McNally.

Current Research

The PPRG fosters individual research and scholarship by all members of the group across the following areas:
  • Reform of the public and private pension systems
  • Equity of the pension system
  • Cost and distribution of pensions and pension-related tax reliefs
  • The cost and effectiveness of individual pension accounts
  • Pensioner incomes
  • Gender and pensions
  • Pension communication
  • Demographic projections and the sustainability of the pension system
  • The interaction between the public and private pension systems
  • The effects of increased reliance on private pension provision on income inequality
  • Monitoring pension arrangements of ordinary members and executive directors of companies