Jonathan Shaw

Dr Jonathan Shaw

Research Fellow


PhD Economics, University College, London, 2017

MPhil Economics, University of Cambridge, 2003

BA Economics, University of Cambridge, 2002

ORCID: 0000-0001-6337-434X

Jonathan is Programme Director for Economic Data Science at the Alan Turing Institute and a Research Fellow at the Institute for Fiscal Studies. Jonathan is an economist and data scientist whose research focuses on modelling individual behaviour, evaluating education and labour market programmes, and understanding the effects of taxes and benefits across life. Before joining the Alan Turing Institute, he worked at the IFS for almost 15 years, the last four of which he was Deputy Director of the Tax Administration Research Centre. He has done work for government departments in the UK and abroad, regulators and private charitable foundations and has provided economic advice to a wide variety of policymakers in governmental and quasi-governmental organisations. He did his PhD in economics at University College London under Professor Sir Richard Blundell.

External web page: Turing Institute

What a difference a day makes: inequality and the tax and benefit system from a long-run perspective

| Journal Article

Most analyses of inequality and tax and benefit reforms are based on measures of individuals’ circumstances at a point in time. But strong age-profiles in earnings, among other characteristics that the tax and benefit system conditions upon, combined with individuals’ ability to transfer resources across time suggests that measuring circumstances over longer horizons may lead to a very different picture. In this article, we consider how our impression of inequality and the tax and benefit system changes when the horizon under consideration is extended.

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