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Mike Brewer

Mike Brewer

Research Fellow

Education

MSc Economics and Econometrics (Distinction), University of Bristol, 1997
BA Economics and Mathematics (1st class), University of Cambridge, 1996

Mike is a Professor of Economics at the University of Essex. His main research interests are in how welfare benefits, labour market programmes and the tax system affects decisions made by households. He has written widely about welfare reform, and especially the changes to social security benefits and tax credits proposed by the current UK Government. He has been a long-time proponent of a simpler and more integrated welfare system, and his work on an integrated benefit system has been acknowledged as having informed current government policy.

Academic outputs

Journal article | Fiscal Studies - Special Issue: 50th Anniversary of IFS
In‐work credits grew in popularity worldwide during the late 1990s and 2000s as a means of reforming welfare systems in ways that could both encourage work and reduce poverty.
Journal article | Journal of Urban Economics
This paper provides new evidence on the incidence of rent subsidies.

Reports and comment

Briefing note
In this research we investigate who wins and loses from universal credit, and by how much. For the first time, we also look at the effects of universal credit on people’s incomes over eight years of their lives, rather than just at a point in time. This lets us look at the impact on those that ...
Briefing note
We examine the effectiveness of two time-limited in-work benefits. These were introduced in Great Britain in the early to mid 2000s and were known as ‘in work credit’ (IWC) and the ‘Employment Retention and Advancement demonstration’ (ERA).

Presentations

Presentation
At this event, speaker set out what we know, and what we need to know, about the very rich in the UK. Using a mixture of data from household surveys and data from tax authorities, the speakers looked at various characteristics of those at the top of the income distribution.
Presentation
This presentation was given by Mike Brewer at "Retention and progression in work: What do we still need to know?" on 24 May 2017.