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Jonathan Cribb

Jonathan Cribb

Senior Research Economist


MPhil Economics (Distinction), University of Cambridge, 2011
BA Economics (1st Class), University of Cambridge, 2010

Jonathan joined the Institute in 2011. His research focuses on the effects of pension reforms and labour market programmes on individuals’ behaviour,  as well as research into the public sector, the labour market and living standards in the UK.


This report examines changes in the distribution of household incomes in the UK, and the determinants and consequences of recent trends. This includes analysing changes not only in average living standards but also in household income inequality and measures of income poverty and deprivation.
Briefing note
This short briefing note summarises what the newly released HBAI data tell us about how living standards have changed after five years of recovery from the Great Recession, how this differs between different groups, and the implications for inequality and poverty.

News and comment

Since 2000, all households containing a person aged 75 or over have been entitled to receive a free TV licence, paid for by the government. From June 2020 onwards, the government will no longer provide the funds for these free TV licences and the BBC therefore has to decide whether to continue to ...
The 2008 financial crisis precipitated what has proved to be a big and permanent hit to the size and structure of the UK economy. It affects our incomes and the tough choices we face today.


This presentation was delivered at the Annual Congress of the International Institute of Public Finance in Tampere, Finland on 22nd August 2018.
At this event, IFS researchers presented the key findings from the latest in the series of flagship IFS annual reports on living standards, poverty and inequality in the UK. Funded by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, the report analyses living standards in the UK up to and including the latest year ...