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Ben Zaranko

Ben Zaranko

Research Economist


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

Ben joined the IFS as a Research Economist in 2017. His work focuses on the public finances, with a particular focus on public spending, and on the health and social care system. Current research projects include analysis of the impact of cuts to social care spending on hospitals, an investigation of socioeconomic inequalities in healthcare utilisation, and a study into the effects of disruptions to teams of nursing staff. Before joining the IFS, Ben worked in the private sector as an actuarial consultant.

Academic outputs

IFS Working Paper W20/13
This paper uses linked survey responses and administrative hospital records to examine the accuracy of self-reported medical diagnoses.
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
The coronavirus pandemic will have huge impacts on the National Health Service (NHS). Patients suffering from the illness are placing unprecedented demands on acute care, particularly on intensive care units (ICUs). This has led to an effort to dramatically increase the resources available to NHS ...
Much has been made of the Government’s promise to ‘level up’ across the UK.


This presentation was delivered as part of the IFS press briefing following the Spring Budget 2020.
This presentation was given by Ben Zaranko as part of the "A look ahead to the March 2020 Budget" preview briefing.