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Jonathan Shaw

Jonathan Shaw

Research Associate


PhD Economics, University College, London, 2017

MPhil Economics, University of Cambridge, 2003

BA Economics, University of Cambridge, 2002

Jonathan is a Technical Specialist in the Economics Department at the Financial Conduct Authority and a Research Associate at the Institute for Fiscal Studies. Jonathan is an economist and data scientist whose research focuses on understanding household finances, investigating the effects of taxes and benefits across life and applying data science techniques to address economic questions. Before joining the Financial Conduct Authority, he was Programme Director for Economic Data Science at the Alan Turing Institute, and prior to that he worked at the IFS for almost 15 years, the last four of which as Deputy Director of the Tax Administration Research Centre. He has done work for government departments in the UK and abroad, regulators and private charitable foundations and has provided economic advice to a wide variety of policymakers in governmental and quasi-governmental organisations. He did his PhD in economics at University College London under Professor Sir Richard Blundell.

Academic outputs

IFS Working Paper W18/27
This paper provides an empirical account of the dynamic payoff to work and how it is affected by taxes and transfers.
Journal article
Most analyses of inequality and tax and benefit reforms are based on measures of individuals’ circumstances at a point in time. But strong age-profiles in earnings, among other characteristics that the tax and benefit system conditions upon, combined with individuals’ ability to transfer ...

Reports and comment

In this report we describe the forms in which household wealth is held, we set out the effects of the current UK tax system on the incentive to save in different assets, we consider the implications of a number of reforms due to be introduced or currently under consideration, and we analyse the ...
Most analysis of the impact of taxes and benefits on households is cross-sectional, with individuals classified as rich or poor, and gains and losses calculated, using a single snapshot of data. In this report, we argue the case for taking a longer-run perspective.


This presentation delivered in May and November 2016 at a Choices workshop.
This presentation was given at the launch of a report on the taxation of savings on 16 February 2016.