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Tom Waters

Tom Waters

Senior Research Economist

Education

MSc Economics (Distinction), University College London, 2014

BA Philosophy, Politics and Economics, University of Oxford, 2012

Tom joined the IFS in 2016 and works in the Income, Work and Welfare sector. His work includes labour economics, tax and benefit policy, inequality, and poverty. Before joining IFS he worked at the Office for Budget Responsibility and HM Treasury.

Academic outputs

IFS Working Paper W20/19
In 2019, the employment rate among 25- to 64-year-olds in the UK reached 80% – the highest on record, and considerably higher than the 76% rate recorded shortly before the Great Recession.
Journal article | Economics Letters
Income inequality, as well as the impact of tax and benefit reforms on it, has typically been evaluated with respect to ‘snapshot’ incomes, measured over short periods such as one week or year.

Reports and comment

Observation
Official statistics released by DWP today show that by February this year there were 5 million Universal Credit (UC) claimants – double the number seen pre-pandemic.
Report
This report examines how household incomes were changing in the UK up to the eve of the COVID-19 pandemic, and how other measures of household living standards have changed over the course of the pandemic.

Presentations

Presentation
IFS researchers presented their initial analysis of the Chancellor's announcements on the public finances, spending on public services, and the tax and the benefit system on Thursday 4 March at an online briefing.
Presentation
IFS researchers presented their initial analysis of the Chancellor's announcements at an online briefing the day after the 2020 Spending Review.