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Arun Advani

Arun Advani

Research Fellow


PhD Economics, University College London, 2017
MRes Economics (Distinction), University College London, 2011
MPhil Economics (Distinction), University of Cambridge, 2010
BA Economics (1st Class), University of Cambridge, 2009

Arun is a Research Fellow in TAXDEV at IFS, working on issues of tax administration in developing countries, as well as a Researcher in TARC studying tax compliance in the UK. Previously his work at IFS focused on environmental taxation and energy use. 

Arun is also an Assistant Professor at the University of Warwick. He has a PhD in Economics from University College London. From 2011-13 he was an Associate Fellow of King's College, Cambridge, where he taught microeconomics.

Academic outputs

IFS Working Paper W20/31
In this paper we study the contribution of migrants to the rise in UK top incomes. Using administrative data on the universe of UK taxpayers we show migrants are over-represented at the top of the income distribution, with migrants twice as prevalent in the top 0.1% as anywhere in the bottom 97%.
Journal article | Journal of Applied Econometrics
We consider two recent suggestions for how to perform an empirically motivated Monte Carlo study to help select a treatment effect estimator under unconfoundedness.

Reports and comment

The economics profession – and the current student population studying economics – is not representative of society, with women, some ethnic minorities, and state school students underrepresented. Recent data shows that while more than 7% of private school boys who went on to an undergraduate ...
Briefing note
In this briefing note, we examine the ethnic diversity of academic economists who provide much of the research that ultimately feeds into policymaking. We use data from the Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA) to look at which groups are more or less well represented as academic economic ...


This event launched a new project investigating the desirability and feasibility of a wealth tax in the UK. The format was short presentations setting out the evolution of UK wealth and the possible rationales and difficulties of introducing a wealth tax followed by a discussion.
Arun Advani will be holding this presentation at the following seminars at the University of Gothenburg (22 September 2016), University of Geneva (5 October 2016), University of Manchester (8 November 2016)