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David Sturrock

David Sturrock

Research Economist


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 W18/14
This paper investigates individuals' expectations about their own survival to older ages and compares patterns in average responses about survival chances with actual and projected survival rates.

Reports and comment

In a new report we examine who holds unsecured debt and when that that debt might be considered a problem.
On Monday, the House of Lords will debate recent changes to Personal Independence Payment (PIP) regulations. These changes are expected to save the government £910 million per year by 2021–22 by reversing the impact of two recent tribunal judgements on the criteria for receiving PIP. Important ...


When might debt cause immediate problems?
This presentation was given by David Sturrock at the Public Economics Lecture Day on 5 January 2018.