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Ben Zaranko

Ben Zaranko

Senior Research Economist

Education

MSc Economics (Distinction), University College London, 2020

BA Economics and Management (1st class), University of Oxford, 2016

Ben joined the IFS in 2017. His work has two main strands. The first is research into the design, performance and distributional implications of the health and social care system. The second is detailed analysis of UK government fiscal policy and spending decisions. Since 2021, he has also been an editor of the IFS Green Budget, which examines the major economic challenges and policy trade-offs facing the Chancellor ahead of the Budget each year. Before joining the IFS, Ben worked in the private sector as an actuarial consultant.

Academic outputs

Journal article | Journal of Health Economics
This paper examines the impact of changes in public long-term care spending on the use of public hospitals among the older population in England.
IFS Working Paper W20/40
This paper examines the impact of changes in public long-term care spending on the use of public hospitals among the older population in England, and the cost and quality of this care.

Reports and comment

Observation
Millions of people missed out on hospital care during the pandemic, but still haven’t come forward to join the waiting list. Where are they?
Report
The IFS Green Budget looks at the ongoing impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, as the Chancellor aims to secure a lasting recovery and deliver on the Government’s other objectives and priorities.

Presentations

Presentation
Chancellor Rishi Sunak has announced his Autumn 2021 Budget and Spending Review on Wednesday 27 October. 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 today, Thursday 28 ...
Presentation
The IFS Green Budget 2021, in association with Citi and with funding from the Nuffield Foundation, analysed the ongoing impacts of the pandemic, its economic legacy, and the big decisions confronting Chancellor Rishi Sunak as he prepares for his upcoming Budget and Spending Review.