- Director of the UK’s leading economic research institute, winning economic and financial think tank of the year
- Named in the Public Finance Top 50, the Higher Education Top 50 “Power List”, and in the International Tax Review Global Top 50
- Offers expert analysis on the economics of public policy including tax, welfare, inequality, pensions, education, climate change and public finances
Paul is Director of the Institute for Fiscal Studies, the UK’s leading economic research institute. He writes a weekly column for The Times and is a visiting Professor in the Economics Department at UCL. In addition, Paul is a board member of the Climate Change Committee and on the Banking Standards Board.
The IFS has won ‘Economic and Financial Think Tank of the Year’ four years in succession and hosts two major research centres combining its leading role in public policy with world leading academic economic research.
Paul has spent his whole working life focussing on the economics of public policy. After graduating from the University of 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 led reviews of pension policy for government and of price statistics for the UK Statistics Authority.
He is a frequent contributor to written and broadcast media and his radio recordings include the acclaimed ‘Austerity Audit’ for Radio 4. He has published extensively on the economics of public policy including tax, welfare, housing, pensions, education, climate change and public finances.
In 2018 Paul was awarded a CBE in the Queen’s birthday honours list for services to the social sciences and economics.
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Thank you very much indeed for speaking at our away day. We all really appreciated the time you took and everyone really valued the insight you provided. The feedback was very positive.
Paul has been a regular keynote speaker at our client conferences and we continue to receive great feedback about Paul’s sessions year after year. He has kept his sessions fresh and topical for each of the events that he has spoken at. Paul listens carefully to briefings and always delivers his presentation material on time – a pleasure to work with.
Paul really managed to bring economics to life for our audience. He was interesting, engaging, very easy to work with and conveyed the subject matter’s importance without making it appear in any way dull or dry. A great speaker.
It was a pleasure to meet you in Manchester this week, and to hear your thoughts. Many thanks for an excellent job in chairing a very well received panel session, plus the opening address for our Leadership Forum. The session set a super basis for the whole event and thoughts to take into the rest of the agenda. The feedback from all of the delegates I have spoken to has been very positive.