Follow us
Publications Commentary Research People Events News Resources and Videos About IFS
Home People Robert Joyce
Robert Joyce

Robert Joyce

Associate Director


MSc Economics (Distinction), University College London, 2011
BA Philosophy, Politics and Economics (1st Class), University of Oxford, 2008

Robert is an Associate Director at the IFS and runs the Income, Work and Welfare sector. He is an editor of the annual IFS Green Budget. His main research interests are income distribution and the design and effects of the tax and benefit system.

Academic outputs

Journal article | Journal of Public Economics
We study household income inequality in both Great Britain and the United States and the interplay between labour market earnings and the tax system.
IFS Working Paper 18/02
Despite some convergence, the gender pay gap remains large. In this study, we use BHPS-USoc data to document the evolution of the gender pay gap in the UK over the past 25 years and its association with fertility. We also investigate the potential role of various differences in career patterns ...

Reports and comment

Briefing note
Eligibility for a free lunch was recently extended to all state school children in England and Scotland who are in Year 2 or below (i.e. up to age 6 or 7). For all other state school pupils in the UK, eligibility remains restricted by a means test so that free school meals (FSMs) go to a relatively ...
Organisations with 250 or more employees now have to provide statistics relating to the gender wage gap. The data that are available so far show the vast majority paying men, on average, more than women. The gender wage gap has barely fallen over the last fifteen years and greater understanding of ...


This presentation was delivered to officials from the Government Equalities Office in London on 23rd April 2018.
This presentation was given at an event on 6 March held to present the highlights from a programme of IFS research, supported by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, on poverty and low income.