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Carl Emmerson

Carl Emmerson

Deputy Director

Education

MSc Economics, Birkbeck, University of London, 1999
BSc Economics (1st Class), London School of Economics and Political Science, 1996

Carl is Deputy Director of the IFS and an editor of the annual IFS Green Budget. He is also a member of the Social Security Advisory Committee and the advisory panel of the Office for Budget Responsibility.

His recent research has included analysis of the impact of the financial crisis and associated recession, and the Government's response, on the UK's public finances. He has examined the effect of UK pension reforms – both state and private – on the public finances, retirement behaviour, labour market mobility, incentives to save and inequality, and has evaluated the large scale pilots of the Education Maintenance Allowance, the Pathways-to-Work reforms to incapacity benefits and the Saving Gateway matched savings vehicle. He previously served as a specialist advisor to the House of Commons Work and Pensions Select Committee.

Academic outputs

IFS Working Paper W22/07
We study the effect of an increase in the UK state pension age from 65 to 66, a high level internationally, on labour market activity.
Journal article | National Tax Journal
We examine the first nationwide policy in the United Kingdom obliging small employers to enroll employees automatically into a pension. Exploiting pseudorandom variation in its introduction, we find automatic enrollment increased pension participation by 44 percentage points, reaching 70 percent ...

Reports and comment

Observation
The government is restarting ‘managed migration’, the process under which those still receiving legacy benefits or tax credits move to universal credit.
Briefing note
We shed light on the issue that ‘deferred’ pensions that people no longer contribute to might provide declining value for money over time if people do not engage with them.

Presentations

Presentation
Chancellor Rishi Sunak responded to the OBR's latest economic and fiscal forecast on Wednesday 23 March. IFS researchers presented their initial analysis of the Chancellor's announcements on the public finances at a live-streamed press briefing the following day.
Presentation
At this event, IFS researchers will set out their latest assessment of the economic and fiscal backdrop and some of the challenges that the Chancellor will need to consider.