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Jonathan Cribb

Jonathan Cribb

Associate Director


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 an Associate Director at IFS and Head of the Retirement, Savings, and Ageing sector. His research is particularly focused on 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. He also undertakes research seeking to understand the determinants of economic inequalities, particularly that those that occur in the labour market, and how they are affected by the tax, benefit, and pension systems.

Academic outputs

IFS Working Paper W22/24
We examine the living standards and health of working-age disabled people and disability benefits recipients over time in the UK.
IFS Working Paper W22/12
We study earnings and income inequality in Britain over the 25 years prior to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Reports and comment

In the year prior to the pandemic, nearly half of children in lone-parent families were in relative poverty – defined as having an income of less than 60% of median incomes adjusted for household size.
This report brings together new evidence on these issues to examine the recent trends in, and prospects for, the labour market for people in their 50s and 60s.


At this IFS briefing we looked at the latest vacancies data and recent labour market trends to identify the types of workers who might find difficulty in finding suitable employment once the furlough scheme ends, and we also discussed the challenges facing the labour market in the coming months.
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.