Paul Johnson


Paul has been Director of the Institute for Fiscal Studies since January 2011. He is a visiting professor at University College London.

Paul has published and broadcast extensively on the economics of public policy including tax, welfare, inequality and poverty, pensions, education, climate change, and public finances. He has written books on pensions, tax and inequality and is one of the authors of The Mirrlees Review of tax system design.

Paul has previously worked at the Financial Services Authority and was Chief Economist at the Department for Education and Director of Public Spending in HM Treasury, as well as Deputy Head of the UK Government Economic Service.

Paul is currently a member of the Council and Executive Committee of the Royal Economic Society, and is also a member of the Climate Change Committee and of the Banking Standards Board. He is also on the board of the Office of Tax Simplification. He has previously served on the Economic and Social Research Council and was a founder council member of the Pensions Policy Institute. He has led reviews of the policy of auto-enrolment into pensions for the Department for Work and Pensions and of price statistics for the UK Statistics Authority.