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James Banks

James Banks

Co-Director, CPP

Education

PhD Economics, University College London, 1998

MSc Economics, London School of Economics, 1990

BSc Economics (1st Class), Bristol University, 1988

James is Professor of Economics at the University of Manchester, Senior Research Fellow at IFS where he is Co-Director of the Centre for the Microeconomic Analysis of Public Policy (CPP), and a founding Co-Principal Investigator of the English Longitudinal Study of Ageing. His research focuses on empirical modelling of individual economic behaviour over the life-cycle. His early work focused on consumption and spending patterns, asset accumulation and pension choices. Subsequently he has worked on broader issues in the economics of ageing, such as health, physical and cognitive functioning and their association with labour market and broader socioeconomic status, and the dynamics of work disability.

Journal articles

Journal article | The Lancet: Regional Health Europe
We describe the association between recent changes in socioeconomic inequality and trends in mortality disparities for different age and sex groups at small-area level in England.
Journal article | Health Economics
Using objective measures of lung function, we document strong positive associations in health within couples in all European countries but large and significant differences in this correlation within broad European regions, with Southern Europe having by far stronger correlations than elsewhere.

Working papers

IFS Working Paper W22/05
In this paper we discuss the state of the literature relating to the decumulation of retirement wealth and the management of retirement incomes.
IFS Working Paper IFS Working Paper W20/16
Mental health in the UK worsened substantially as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic – by 8.1% on average and by much more for young adults and for women which are groups that already had lower levels of mental health before Covid-19.

Presentations

Presentation
This presentation was given as the IFS annual lecture 2015.
Presentation
Paper given at the 15th Annual Research Conference of De Nederlandsche Bank, Amsterdam