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Tom Waters

Tom Waters

Senior Research Economist

Education

MSc Economics (Distinction), University College London, 2014

BA Philosophy, Politics and Economics, University of Oxford, 2012

Tom joined the IFS in 2016 and works in the Income, Work and Welfare sector. His work includes labour economics, tax and benefit policy, inequality, and poverty. Before joining IFS he worked at the Office for Budget Responsibility and HM Treasury.

Academic outputs

IFS Working Paper W20/19
In 2019, the employment rate among 25- to 64-year-olds in the UK reached 80% – the highest on record, and considerably higher than the 76% rate recorded shortly before the Great Recession.
Journal article | Economics Letters
Income inequality, as well as the impact of tax and benefit reforms on it, has typically been evaluated with respect to ‘snapshot’ incomes, measured over short periods such as one week or year.

Reports and comment

Briefing note
In this report, we use a novel source of real-time data on households’ finances from Money Dashboard, a budgeting app, to explore the impacts of the crisis so far on earnings, incomes and financial distress, and how they are evolving. We complement this with household survey data to explain and ...
Briefing note
The Chancellor has introduced workable and generous income protection schemes for most employees and self-employed people that lose work as a result of coronavirus. But there are some groups who have seen no increase in protection.

Presentations

Presentation
At this event, IFS researchers present the key findings from their latest flagship annual report on living standards, poverty and inequality in the UK, funded by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation.
Presentation
These presentations were given as part of a day of lectures on Public Economics to students, held at the IFS.