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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

New figures show that men tend to spend longer commuting to work than women. IFS analysis shows that this ‘gender commuting gap’ starts to widen after the birth of the first child in the family and continues to grow around a decade after that. This bears a striking resemblance to the evolution ...
Today the Social Metrics Commission has published its report on a new approach to poverty measurement in the UK. This observation summarises and discusses the work of the Commission and the conclusions that it reached.


This presentation was delivered in London on 18th September 2018 at the HM Treasury Labour Market conference.
This presentation was delivered at the Annual Congress of the International Institute of Public Finance in Tampere, Finland on 22nd August 2018.