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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
By the time we get to polling day, still a month away, this could turn out to have been a very expensive election, indeed. How confident are we that these resources would be put to better use in public hands than in private?
Newspaper article
Brexit continues to dominate the headlines - but the UK economy faces many other important challenges. Inequality in the housing market, poverty among working people and reducing greenhouse gas emissions are among them.

Presentations

Presentation
The British economy is going to face a number of big issues over the next fifty years. Whether it is reforming the tax and benefit system, managing an ageing population, or preparing for the workplace of the future, there are plenty of challenges and opportunities ahead.
Presentation
This presentation was given at an IFS briefing following the Spring Statement 2019.