Paul Johnson

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"Paul has been director of the Institute for Fiscal Studies since January 2011. He has worked on the economics of public policy throughout his career. As well as a previous spell at the IFS in the 1990s (including a period as deputy director) Paul has been chief economist at the Department for Education and director of public spending in HM Treasury, where he had particular responsibility for environment (including climate change), transport and public sector pay and pensions. Other positions include a period as head of economics at the FSA and as a senior associate with Frontier Economics.

"Between 2004 and 2007 Paul was deputy head of the Government Economic Service. He has served on the council of the Economic and Social Research Council and was a founder council member of the Pensions Policy Institute. In 2010 he led a review of the policy of auto-enrolment into pensions for the new government. He has been a member of a number of advisory boards and commissions including the Pension Provision Group, the Commission on taxation and citizenship, the Youth Justice Commission and the Commission on Living Standards. He is currently an editor of the Mirrlees Review of tax economics and policy." [1]


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  1. Family and Parenting Institute Trustees, organizational web page, accessed October 14, 2012.