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Jonathan Cribb

Jonathan Cribb

Senior Research Economist

Education

PhD Economics, University College London, 2020
MRes Economics (Distinction), University College London, 2014
MPhil Economics (Distinction), University of Cambridge, 2011
BA Economics (1st Class), University of Cambridge, 2010

Jonathan is a Senior Research Economist at IFS. He has two broad research interests. The first is understanding economic activity in later life, including the timing of retirement, savings for retirement and the standard of living in old age, and how these are affected by government policies.  The second is understanding the determinants of economic inequalities, particularly that those that occur in the labour market, how they differ between the public and private sector, and how they are affected by the tax and benefit system.

Academic outputs

Journal article
We examine the first nationwide policy in the United Kingdom obliging small employers to enroll employees automatically into a pension. Exploiting pseudorandom variation in its introduction, we find automatic enrollment increased pension participation by 44 percentage points, reaching 70 percent ...
IFS Working Paper W20/23
Using a large-scale panel data set, we trace the evolution of incomes and well-being around the entry into ‘solo self-employment’ – that is, running a business without employees.

Reports and comment

Observation
At the last election, the Conservative Party manifesto committed to increasing teacher starting salaries in England to £30,000 per year by September 2022. However, to ease pressure on school budgets and the public finances, the government has now announced a freeze on teacher pay levels in England ...
Report
This report examines how household incomes were changing in the UK up to the eve of the COVID-19 pandemic, and how other measures of household living standards have changed over the course of the pandemic.

Presentations

Presentation
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.
Presentation
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.