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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
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 ...
Report
The last 25 years have seen two periods of public expenditure restraint in the UK (the 1990s and the 2010s) and one period of increased spending (between 2000 and 2010). Over that whole time, the Treasury has been responsible for controlling government spending, setting fiscal rules and the overall ...

News and comment

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.
Newspaper article
IFS Director Paul Johnson writes in The Times ahead of the Autumn Budget 2018.

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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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.
Presentation
These remarks were delivered at the IFS presentation following the Autumn Budget 2018.
Newspaper article
IFS Director Paul Johnson writes in The Times ahead of the Autumn Budget 2018.
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 ...
Press release
Our annual Green Budget looks at the issues and challenges facing Chancellor Philip Hammond as he prepares for his Budget later in October.
Presentation
This was the introductory section at the launch of the IFS Green Budget 2018.
Newspaper article
It is hard to overstate just how big a change universal credit will be. It will create millions of winners and losers. Any poll tax moment, though, is most likely to occur for administrative reasons.
Newspaper article
Plans announced by the Labour leader and shadow chancellor amount to an alternative to the form of market capitalism practised in this country for at least the past 40 years.
Newspaper article
A new poverty measure combines elements of the current absolute and relative measures by comparing incomes to a rolling three-year average of median incomes. So how many people are in poverty in the UK? Just over a fifth of the population, a fraction which appears to have changed little over the ...
Observation
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.