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Ben Zaranko

Ben Zaranko

Research Economist


BA Economics and Management (1st class), University of Oxford, 2016

Ben joined the IFS in 2017 as a Research Economist in the Pensions and Public Finance Sector. His current work includes analysis of public spending and research into the relationship between social care receipt and hospital use. Before joining IFS, Ben worked in the private sector as an actuarial consultant to defined benefit pension funds. 

Academic outputs

IFS Working Paper W18/15
Recent years have seen substantial reductions in public spending on social care for older people in England. This has not only led to large falls in the number of people over the age of 65 receiving publicly funded social care, but also to growing concern about the potential knock-on effects on ...

Reports and comment

Briefing note
Employing public sector workers to help deliver public services is a major part of what government does. The number of workers employed by the government and how much they are paid matters not just for those individuals and their families, but also for the public finances and for the public ...
Briefing note
In the aftermath of the global financial crisis and associated recession, government borrowing soared to more than 10% of national income. Borrowing has since been reduced through a combination of net tax rises, cuts to the generosity of the working-age social security system and cuts to public ...


In this Facebook Live event, IFS Research Economist Ben Zaranko looked at the economics of healthcare and social insurance, answering questions such as how and why do countries differ in how they provide health care, and why can’t we just leave it to the market?
This presentation was given at the launch of the IFS Green Budget 2019.