James Browne

James Browne

Senior Research Economist

Education:

MSc Economics (Distinction), University College London, 2008

BA Economics (1st Class), University of Cambridge, 2005

James joined the IFS in 2005 and is a Senior Research Economist in the Direct Tax and Welfare sector. His research focuses on the impact of the personal tax and benefit system on families' incomes and their incentives to work, save and invest. In particular, he is currently examining the reponsiveness of high-income individuals to recent changes in income tax rates, the impact of the government's benefit reforms on work incentives and is involved with projects projecting incomes and poverty rates for different groups over the next decade. James has also investigated the impact of welfare to work policies such as In Work Credit on the employment rates of lone parents and is currently part of a project investigating whether these policies have longer term effects.

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Universal credit cuts support for working families, but helps make work pay where current system creates worst problems

| Press Release

During this parliament the government plans to replace most of the means-tested benefits system for working-age families with a single payment called universal credit (UC). A series of pre-emptive cuts mean that introducing UC will in the long run reduce the generosity of the benefit system – including to working families, in a reversal of the original intention. But it will still do a lot to help make work pay for many of those who currently face the most severe disincentives. These are among the findings of new analysis by IFS researchers which forms part of the forthcoming IFS Green Budget 2016, produced in association with ICAEW and funded by the Nuffield Foundation.

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