MSc Economics (Distinction), University College London, 2011 BSc Economics (1st Class), University College London, 2010
George joined the IFS in 2011. His research interests are in the economics of health and healthcare. Current work includes research on inequity in the UK health and social care system, the effect of recent population changes on the quality of public healthcare, and on the impact of choice and competition reforms in the NHS. Previous work includes research on the determinants of domestic energy efficiency in the UK, a review of UK energy policy and topics in development economics.
How will the receipt of social care change in future?
Funding for adult social care is currently a hot topic. The number of older individuals is forecast to increase sharply over the next two decades. However, the extent to which this places pressure on social care budgets could potentially be offset by reductions in the needs of older people over time, and in the increased availability of informal care due to the growing prevalence of partners at older ages. New evidence published today suggests that although there is some evidence of reduced needs across successive birth cohorts, this will do little to offset the increased demand for formal care arising from demographic pressures.