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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 and the Banking Standards Board. He was an editor of the Mirrlees Review of the UK tax system.

Reports

Report
Whether the UK leaves the European Union, and if so on what terms, is a crucial issue andtherefore rightly should be the subject of much debate in the run-up to the generalelection on 12 December.
Briefing note
In this short briefing note, we look at how earnings have changed over the last 11 years, how that differs when looking at hourly and weekly pay, and how different groups have seen different trends.

News and comment

Newspaper article
There’s a reason that sterling fell in the wake of the Brexit vote and fell again sharply last week as it appeared that our government planned to break international law. The reason is that these events, this pulling back from trusted institutions, relationships and legal norms, will make us ...
Newspaper article
Millions of children will be returning to school this week. For many, it will be the first time that they have been in five months. The consequences of this loss of schooling will be profound, persistent and socially unjust.

Presentations

Presentation
These remarks were delivered at the IFS presentation following the Spring Budget 2020.
Presentation
Directors of three of the UK’s most trusted and respected independent bodies talk about what has been promised in this election campaign, what challenges will face the new government (whatever its complexion), and where next for Brexit.
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Newspaper article
There’s a reason that sterling fell in the wake of the Brexit vote and fell again sharply last week as it appeared that our government planned to break international law. The reason is that these events, this pulling back from trusted institutions, relationships and legal norms, will make us ...
Newspaper article
Millions of children will be returning to school this week. For many, it will be the first time that they have been in five months. The consequences of this loss of schooling will be profound, persistent and socially unjust.
Newspaper article
You cannot fairly assign grades to a cohort of students who have not done the exams. A Levels "didn’t need to be this much of a mess", writes Paul Johnson.
Newspaper article
How reforms to the pensions provided to public sector employees led to a £17 billion bill to rectify the incompetence of ministers and/or civil servants.
Newspaper article
The pandemic will lead us to question many aspects of the way we are governed and the way we run our economy, writes Paul Johnson. It should certainly lead us to question the dominance of Whitehall and the historical subservience of local government.
Newspaper article
Thanks to the Black Lives Matter movement, "there has been rather a lot of soul-searching going on within the economics profession", writes Paul Johnson. "I do think that we could be an awful lot better and that greater diversity would help us to be better."
Newspaper article
We need policies directly focused on job creation and supporting people - especially young people - to find jobs, writes Paul Johnson.
Press release
Today Chancellor Rishi Sunak has outlined details of the extension to the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme.
Newspaper article
"School closures don’t merely put progress on educational equity at risk", Paul Johnson writes, "they put at risk years of slow progress towards gender equality in the labour market."
Newspaper article
We will have to be very smart and very lucky to get away with a swift bounce-back from the deepest recession in history, writes Paul Johnson.