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Thomas Pope

Thomas Pope

Research Economist


BA (Hons) Philosophy, Politics and Economics, University of Oxford, 2014

Thomas works in the tax sector. His main areas of interest include firm investment and the effects of the tax system on large and small businesses. He also works on the public finances

Academic outputs

IFS Working Paper W18/03
Firm-level investment paths are commonly characterised by periods of low or zero investment punctuated by large investment ‘spikes’. We document that such spikes are important for understanding firm and aggregate level investment in the UK.
Journal article | Tax Journal
By the end of the parliament, tax receipts are due to return to their pre-recession share of national income. However, compared with 2007/08, policy choices mean the taxman looks set to raise more from VAT and less from other indirect taxes; about the same amount from personal income taxes, though ...

Reports and comment

Briefing note
The Chancellor is yet to confirm how much money will be made available to departments at the 2019 Spending Review. To meet his promise to end austerity, Phillip Hammond will need to find billions of extra funding.
Five years on from the localisation and funding cut for Council Tax Support, this report looks at how local authorities’ Council Tax Support schemes have evolved since they were first introduced, and at the changing effects of these scheme choices on claimants and on local authorities.


This presentation was given at the launch of the report 'The impact of localised council tax support schemes' on 29 January 2019.
This presentation was given at an IFS briefing following the Autumn Budget Statement 2018.