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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
A healthier population is likely to be more economically productive (and to need less spending on healthcare and health-related benefits). A more prosperous society is likely to be healthier.
Report
The IFS Green Budget 2018, in association with Citi, ICAEW and the Nuffield Foundation, is edited by Carl Emmerson, Christine Farquharson and Paul Johnson, and copy-edited by Judith Payne. The report looks at the issues and challenges facing Chancellor Philip Hammond as he prepares for his Budget ...

News and comment

Observation
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 ...
Newspaper article
There are few concerns older than that with inequality. It's time to do something about it.

Presentations

Presentation
These remarks were delivered at the IFS presentation following the Autumn Budget 2018.
Presentation
This was the introductory section at the launch of the IFS Green Budget 2018.
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Observation
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 ...
Newspaper article
There are few concerns older than that with inequality. It's time to do something about it.
Video clip
The IFS is launching a major new £2.5 million study of inequality in the UK, funded by the Nuffield Foundation and chaired by Nobel Laureate Professor Sir Angus Deaton.
Newspaper article
Why do we still risk emitting far too much carbon, ending up with a no-deal Brexit and doing little effectively to tackle inequality?
Video clip
This was the introduction to a public economics lecture day presenting IFS work on public economics topics and dsicussing working in economic research in general and at the IFS in particular.
Newspaper article
There's too much distance between academic research and the work of government. That means there's still plenty of space for organisations like the IFS which can bridge the gap, 50 years after we were founded.
Report
A healthier population is likely to be more economically productive (and to need less spending on healthcare and health-related benefits). A more prosperous society is likely to be healthier.
Newspaper article
The failures of our economic policy in recent decades have not arisen from constraints imposed by the European Union, they have been our own failures.
Newspaper article
The independence of the UK Statistics Authority and the Committee on Climate Change makes their analysis, statistics and recommendations trustworthy. It allows governments to be held to account.
Newspaper article
Men with low levels of formal qualifications have had a terrible time in the labour market and are at risk of worse to come.