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Thomas Wernham

Thomas Wernham

Research Economist


BA Philosophy, Politics and Economics (1st Class), University of Oxford, 2019

Tom is a Research Economist in the Income, Work and Welfare sector, having joined the IFS in 2020. His current research areas include living standards, poverty and inequality, the tax and benefit system and the labour market. He is also studying part-time for an Economics MSc at UCL. Before joining the IFS, Tom worked in the insurance industry, in actuarial consulting.


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

Briefing note
We use data from the UK Household Longitudinal Study, collected during 2021, to learn more about the characteristics of long COVID sufferers, and to assess the impact long COVID has on labour market outcomes including hours, earnings and employment.
This report examines how material living standards – most commonly measured by households’ incomes – have changed for different groups in the UK, and the consequences that these changes have for income inequality and for measures of deprivation and poverty.


At this event, IFS researchers presented the key findings from their latest flagship annual report on living standards, poverty and inequality in the UK, funded by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation.
Why do we care about inequality? What should be done about it? This lecture explores the debate over which inequalities the government should act to reduce, and why.