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Robert Joyce

Robert Joyce

Deputy Director


MSc Economics (Distinction), University College London, 2011
BA Philosophy, Politics and Economics (1st Class), University of Oxford, 2008

Robert is Deputy Director at the IFS and Head of the Income, Work and Welfare sector. He is a member of the Expert Panel leading "The Deaton Review: Inequalities in the Twenty First Century". Robert also sits on the Social Metrics Commission and is a former editor of IFS' two flagship annual publications, "The IFS Green Budget" and "Living Standards, Poverty and Inequality in the UK". His research focuses on economic inequality and the design of the welfare system.

Academic outputs

IFS Working Paper W22/12
We study earnings and income inequality in Britain over the 25 years prior to the COVID-19 pandemic.
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.

Reports and comment

Initial analysis of the Chancellor's statement on the cost of living crisis.
The government is restarting ‘managed migration’, the process under which those still receiving legacy benefits or tax credits move to universal credit.


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.
The availability of work with good wages and conditions makes a big difference to our material wellbeing and the kinds of lives we lead. At this online event we looked at what has been happening to inequalities in the UK’s labour market, and what the big policy challenges are going forward.