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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

Much has been made of the Government’s promise to ‘level up’ across the UK.
Below we outline an initial response from IFS researchers on the Labour manifesto. We take policy areas by turn but this is not a full assessment.


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.