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David Sturrock

David Sturrock

Research Economist

Education

MPhil Economics, University of Oxford, 2016
BA Philosophy, Politics and Economics (1st Class), University of Oxford, 2012

David joined the IFS in 2016, working in the Pensions and Public Finance sector. His current research examines the impact of longer working lives on health, and the indebtedness of UK households in relation to poverty. Previously, David was an economist at HM Treasury, working on fiscal policy, analysis of Scottish independence, and strategy for the 2015 Spending Review.

Academic outputs

IFS Working Paper WP19/28
In the UK, those born between the 1930s and 1950s have seen generation-on-generation increases in wealth, while those born more recently appear to have accumulated no more wealth than their predecessors had done by the same age.
IFS Working Paper W19/13
Delaying retirement has significant positive effects on the average cognition and physical mobility of women in England, at least in the short run. Exploiting the increase in employment of 60-63 year old women resulting from the increase in the female State Pension Age, we show that working ...

Reports and comment

Newspaper article
Why has wealth accumulation stalled for younger generations? In the case of the 1980s generation, those in their early 30s actually have about 20 per cent less wealth on average than those born in the 1970s had at that age.
Briefing note
While those born between the 1930s and 1950s have seen generation-on-generation increases in wealth levels, those born more recently look to have accumulated no more wealth than their predecessors had done by the same age. This has prompted concerns, and debate as to whether later-born generations ...

Presentations

Presentation
In this Facebook Live event, IFS Research Economist David Sturrock looked at the economics of pensions and the ageing population, answering questions such as how will changing demographics affect public pensions, and what can the government do about it?
Presentation
When might debt cause immediate problems?