Follow us
Publications Commentary Research People Events News Resources and Videos About IFS
Home People Carl Emmerson
Carl Emmerson

Carl Emmerson

Deputy Director

Education

MSc Economics, Birkbeck, University of London, 1999
BSc Economics (1st Class), London School of Economics and Political Science, 1996

Carl is Deputy Director of the IFS and an editor of the annual IFS Green Budget. He is also Acting Vice Chair of the Social Security Advisory Committee and a member of the advisory panel of the Office for Budget Responsibility.

His recent research has included analysis of the impact of the financial crisis and association recession, and the Government's response, on the UK's public finances. He has examined the effect of UK pension reforms on the public finances, retirement behaviour, labour market mobility, incentives to save and inequality, and has evaluated the large scale pilots of the Education Maintenance Allowance, the Pathways-to-Work reforms to incapacity benefits and the Saving Gateway matched savings vehicle. He previously served as a specialist advisor to the House of Commons Work and Pensions Select Committee.

Academic outputs

Journal article | Journal of Urban Economics
This paper provides new evidence on the incidence of rent subsidies.
Journal article | International Tax and Public Finance
We examine the effect of obliging employers to enrol employees automatically into a workplace pension scheme. We exploit the phased roll-out of automatic enrolment, by employer size, in the first country to do so nationwide (the UK), to estimate its effect on pension saving among private sector ...

Reports and comment

Briefing note
It is clear that the COVID-19 outbreak – and the public health response to it – will dramatically reduce economic activity in the second quarter of 2020.
Observation
This morning, the ONS published its monthly public finance release for April, giving us an initial snapshot of the public finances under lockdown. It throws the enormous impact of the restrictions on the public finances into sharp relief.

Presentations

Presentation
In this special joint webinar, the Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) and the National Institute of Economic and Social Research (NIESR) examined the impact of the Covid-19 crisis on the public finances.
Presentation
This presentation was delivered as part of the IFS press briefing following the Spring Budget 2020.