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Laurence O'Brien

Laurence O'Brien

Research Economist


MPhil Economic Research (Distinction), University of Cambridge, 2019

BA Economics (1st Class), University of Cambridge, 2018

Laurence joined the IFS in 2020 as a Research Economist in the Pensions and Public Finance sector. He currently works on projects related to pension savings over the lifecycle and the labour market activity of older workers. Prior to joining the IFS, he worked as a research professional at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business.

Academic outputs

IFS Working Paper W22/07
We study the effect of an increase in the UK state pension age from 65 to 66, a high level internationally, on labour market activity.

Reports and comment

We quantify the impact of increasing the state pension age from 65 to 66 on household incomes, poverty and public finances, after – in particular – taking into account that some will remain in paid work at age 65 as a result of the reform.
In this report, we provide fresh evidence on the nature of paid work at older ages, how employment patterns differ for people in different circumstances and how the situation is changing over time.


At this event, IFS researchers presented their findings from a new report that seeks to shed new light on the working lives of people in their 50s and 60s, and discussed the key implications for the future.
At this event, researchers shared findings from two new reports, examining when individuals should save for retirement – given factors like earnings growth and children – and how employees save in practice.