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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

Newspaper article
Almost six years since council tax support was localised, research into the design and effects of local schemes reveals three key insights. This article first appeared in Benefit magazine and is reproduced here with full permission.
Newspaper article
The Spring Statement is a timely reminder that the nation faces challenges beyond Brexit. Slow economic growth is expected to continue, the deficit is still some way from being eliminated, and further cuts for unprotected public services are expected.


This presentation was given at the 'The impact of localised council tax support schemes'  event in Manchester on 05 March 2019
This presentation was given at the launch of the report 'The impact of localised council tax support schemes' on 29 January 2019.