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Tom Waters

Tom Waters

Senior Research Economist


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 W22/01
We review the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic on inequalities in education, the labour market, household living standards, mental health, and wealth in the UK.
IFS Working Paper W21/48
We estimate the effect of the introduction of the UK’s National Living Wage in 2016, and increases in it up to 2019, using a new empirical method.

Reports and comment

We examine the rising cost of living, its impacts on different kinds of households, and the mitigation measures available to the government.
In the Budget the Chancellor reduced the ‘taper rate’ in Universal Credit (UC) – the speed at which the benefit is withdrawn as a claimant’s earnings rise – and increased the ‘work allowance’ – the amount that can be earned before that tapering starts. In doing so he boosted the ...


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.
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.