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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

Observation
Tomorrow marks the 30th anniversary of the property valuations used for council tax rates, meaning that the amount of council tax you pay is dependent upon what your home was worth 30 years ago. This has arbitrary and unfair consequences: two homes that are today worth the same amount can pay ...
Observation
The temporary £20 per week increase in Universal Credit and Working Tax Credit enacted at the start of the pandemic is due to expire at the end of March. Some campaigners have called for it to be extended for another year or made permanent, while the government are said to be considering instead a ...

Presentations

Presentation
IFS researchers presented their initial analysis of the Chancellor's announcements at an online briefing the day after the 2020 Spending Review.
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.