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Ross Warwick

Ross Warwick

Senior Research Economist


MSc Economics (Distinction), University College London, 2019

BSc Economics with Study Abroad (1st Class), University of Warwick, 2016

Ross joined the IFS in 2016 and works in a couple of areas of IFS research. In the Centre for Tax Analysis for Developing Countries, he conducts research and analysis on tax and social protection systems in developing countries. Within this, he is the Country Programme Manager for the centre's work with government partners in Ghana. In addition, Ross contributes to IFS research on dimensions of inequality in the UK, including inequalities between ethnic groups.

Academic outputs

Journal article | Fiscal Studies, Volume 41, Issue 2
This paper examines the pre-existing and new inequalities between ethnic groups in England and Wales exposed by the economic and public health crisis created by the COVID-19 pandemic. We draw on current mortality and case data, alongside pre-crisis labour force data, to investigate the relative ...
IFS Working Paper W18/11
As in high-income countries, reduced rates of VAT and VAT exemptions (“preferential VAT rates”) are a common feature of indirect tax systems in LMICs. Many of the goods and services that are granted preferential rates – such as foodstuffs and kerosene – seem likely to receive such treatment ...

Reports and comment

The COVID-19 pandemic has hit sub-Saharan African economies hard, exacerbating debt and debt servicing cost issues that a range of countries in the region – including Ghana and Nigeria – already faced. This report examines the fiscal context in sub-Saharan Africa and the issues and options for ...
In this report, we provide a comprehensive overview of Ghana’s tax system. This is intended as a repository of key information for researchers, policymakers and the public, as well as highlighting aggregate patterns of note as a first step for identifying challenges and areas for reform.


At this event, researchers presented work which considers the fiscal and tax policy challenges and opportunities facing countries in sub-Saharan Africa.
These presentations were given as part of a day of lectures on Public Economics to students, held at the IFS.