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Jonathan Cribb

Jonathan Cribb

Senior Research Economist


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

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.
Journal article | Fiscal Studies, Volume 40, Issue 3
How do average levels of income and wealth differ in Britain for those born between the 1930s and 1980s?

Reports and comment

In this report, we provide fresh evidence on the nature of paid work at older ages, how employment patterns differ for people in different circumstances and how the situation is changing over time.
Today, the Department for Work and Pensions released the latest official statistics on household incomes, poverty, and income inequality. This observation looks at the key findings from those statistics.


Presentation given by Jonathan Cribb at the IFS Spring 2021 pre-Budget event on the future of pandemic support for households.
Presentation at the Office for Manpower Economics research conference on public sector pay and workforce issues.