PhD Economics, University College London, 1998
MSc Economics, London School of Economics, 1990
BSc Economics (1st Class), Bristol University, 1988
James is Professor of Economics at the University of Manchester, Deputy Research Director at IFS and Co-Director of the Centre for the Microeconomic Analysis of Public Policy (CPP). His research focuses on empirical modelling of individual economic behaviour over the life-cycle, with particular focus on consumption and spending patterns, saving and asset accumulation, housing dynamics, and retirement and pension choices. Recent work has also begun to look at broader issues in the economics of ageing, such as health, physical and cognitive functioning and their association with labour market and broader socioeconomic status; the dynamics of work disability; the nature of expectations of retirement, health and longevity.