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Paul Johnson

Paul Johnson

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Paul has been Director of the IFS since January 2011. He is also currently visiting professor in the Department of Economics at University College London. Paul has worked and published extensively on the economics of public policy, with a particular focus on income distribution, public finances, pensions, tax, social security, education and climate change. He was awarded a CBE for services to the social sciences and economics in 2018. As well as a previous period of work at the IFS his career has included spells at HM Treasury, the Department for Education and the FSA. Between 2004 and 2007 he was deputy head of the Government Economic Service. Paul is currently also a member of the committee on climate change,  the Banking Standards Board and of the executive committee of the Royal Economic Society. He was an editor of the Mirrlees Review of the UK tax system.

Reports

Report
To mark the BBC’s coverage of the NHS’s 70th birthday in July 2018, researchers from the Institute for Fiscal Studies, Health Foundation, The King’s Fund and the Nuffield Trust have come together for the first time, using combined expertise to shed light on some of the big questions on the ...
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On 5 July this year the NHS will be 70. In all its 70 years it has rarely been far from the headlines. It has been through more than its fair share of reforms, crises and funding ups and downs. Over that period, the amount we spend on it has risen inexorably. Yet, today, concerns about the adequacy ...

News and comment

Newspaper article
It’s ten years since those heady pre-crisis days when boom and bust had supposedly been abolished, when we seemed able to afford ever more public spending, and when we could expect earnings to always rise ahead of inflation. The great recession continues to cast a long shadow over all our lives, ...
Newspaper article
We are constantly being lectured about how we should save more for our retirements. Maybe we should. But what happens next? It’s all very well having assets when you get to retirement age, but that still leaves another 20 years or more to manage and make use of them. How we do that can have as ...

Presentations

Presentation
IFS Director Paul Johnson's presentation from the IFS 2018 Spring Statement briefing.
Presentation
This presentation was given at the IFS Autumn 2017 post-Budget briefing.
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Report
To mark the BBC’s coverage of the NHS’s 70th birthday in July 2018, researchers from the Institute for Fiscal Studies, Health Foundation, The King’s Fund and the Nuffield Trust have come together for the first time, using combined expertise to shed light on some of the big questions on the ...
Newspaper article
It’s ten years since those heady pre-crisis days when boom and bust had supposedly been abolished, when we seemed able to afford ever more public spending, and when we could expect earnings to always rise ahead of inflation. The great recession continues to cast a long shadow over all our lives, ...
Newspaper article
We are constantly being lectured about how we should save more for our retirements. Maybe we should. But what happens next? It’s all very well having assets when you get to retirement age, but that still leaves another 20 years or more to manage and make use of them. How we do that can have as ...
Newspaper article
Boys are falling way behind in tests and this summer’s World Cup may make it worse.
Newspaper article
Bringing health and social care under one department makes a lot of sense. Yet the differences in the ways we organise, pay for and prioritise these two sister services remain fundamental.
Newspaper article
Over the past 50 years we’ve pulled off a pretty remarkable trick. We have spent an ever growing fraction of our national income on the welfare state in general, and on health in particular, without apparently having to pay for it. The tax burden, at about 34 per cent of GDP, is not substantially ...
Report summary
Paul Johnson, Elaine Kelly, Tom Lee, George Stoye, Ben Zaranko, Anita Charlesworth, Zoe Firth, Ben Gershlick and Toby Watt
On 5 July this year the NHS will be 70. In all its 70 years it has rarely been far from the headlines. It has been through more than its fair share of reforms, crises and funding ups and downs. Over that period, the amount we spend on it has risen inexorably. Yet, today, concerns about the adequacy ...
Report
Paul Johnson, Elaine Kelly, Tom Lee, George Stoye, Ben Zaranko, Anita Charlesworth, Zoe Firth, Ben Gershlick and Toby Watt
On 5 July this year the NHS will be 70. In all its 70 years it has rarely been far from the headlines. It has been through more than its fair share of reforms, crises and funding ups and downs. Over that period, the amount we spend on it has risen inexorably. Yet, today, concerns about the adequacy ...
Press release
Paul Johnson, Elaine Kelly, Tom Lee, George Stoye, Ben Zaranko, Anita Charlesworth, Zoe Firth, Ben Gershlick and Toby Watt
With the older population growing rapidly, along with the numbers suffering chronic health problems, and a growing pay and drugs bill, demands on the health service will only continue to grow. Just to keep the NHS providing the level of service it does today will require us to increase spending by ...
Newspaper article
Making policy robust to change and uncertainty is vital.