Paul Johnson

Honorary graduates 2016-17

Paul Johnson (LLD)

Thursday 14 July 9:00am

Paul Johnson has spent his whole working life on the economics of public policy. After graduating from Oxford he went on to work at the Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) before spells at the Financial Services Authority, 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.

Paul has been Director of the IFS, the country’s leading micro-economic research institute, since January 2011. The IFS became the first organisation to win the Prospect ‘Think Tank of the Year’ award two years in a row in 2014 and 2015; it hosts two ESRC research centres; and it combines its leading role in public policy with world leading academic economic research.

Paul is also a visiting professor in the Economics Department at University College London. He is a member of the Executive Committee of the Royal Economic Society, of the Climate Change Committee, and of the Banking Standards Board. He has led reviews of pension policy for government and of price statistics for the UKSA.

He is a frequent contributor to written and broadcast media. 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.