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Paul Johnson
Director, Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS)

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Paul Johnson


Paul Johnson has been Director of the Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS), the UK’s leading
economic research institute, since January 2011.

Paul is also a visiting professor in the economics department at UCL, a columnist for The Times, and a board member of the Climate Change Committee, of the Office of Tax Simplification, and of the Banking Standards Board. He was a council member of the ESRC, until 2017 was a trustee of the Royal Economic Society and is currently a trustee of the Kings Fund.

Paul has spent his whole working life focussing on the economics of public policy. After graduating from Oxford he went on to work at the IFS before spells at the FSA, as chief economist at the Department for Education and as director of public spending at HM Treasury, where he also served as deputy head of the government economic service. He has also spent time working on public policy at Frontier Economics. He is a frequent contributor to written and broadcast media and has made a number of radio programmes. He has published extensively on the economics of public policy including tax, welfare, inequality, pensions, education, climate change and public finances. He is author of major books on pensions, tax and inequality.

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