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Jean Tirole

The common good after COVID

This week, we bring you this year's IFS annual lecture delivered by Professor Jean Tirole, Honorary Chairman of the Toulouse School of Economics.

17 November 2021

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Can carbon taxes get us to net zero?

What policies should governments worldwide introduce to combat climate change? How should carbon taxes be designed to be cost-efficient and fair?

3 November 2021

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How to fix the education system

In this episode, we dig into the issues facing schools and their students and see what we can do to fix the education system.

22 September 2021

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Social care: what happens now?

In this episode we dig into the new announcement on social care funding, what it means, whether it will work and how it will affect people's care.

15 September 2021


Behind the scenes at HM Treasury

How does decision-making work at the Treasury? What kinds of evidence do officials use? We speak to two experts to find out.

30 June 2021

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The productivity problem

In this episode, we ask why is a high-tech, developed economy like the UK struggling to be more productive?

24 March 2021

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Budget 2021: the road to recovery?

In this episode, we explore what the Chancellor should be thinking about as he prepares his first Budget since the UK entered a series of lockdowns.

24 February 2021

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Catching up on lost learning

What are the effects of lost learning during Covid? How is it impacting students and teachers? What can policymakers do to make up for lost learning?

10 February 2021

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The economics of net zero

This week we discuss the UK's commitment to achieving net zero by 2050, and the significant changes that will be required.

27 January 2021