Paul Johnson CBE

Paul Johnson has been the Director of the Institute for Fiscal Studies for over a decade and is one of the UK’s most prolific economists. 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.

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. He is currently a visiting professor in the Department of Economics at UCL and is often invited to speak on the subject at universities and events around the UK.

In his upcoming title, Follow The Money: How Much Does Britain Cost (Little Brown, 2022), Johnson looks at the austerity years after the financial crisis of 2008, how the government reacted to coronavirus with by far the biggest spending splurge in peacetime history, and he peers into our economic futures as we attempt to reach a ‘new normal’.

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