Paul Johnson – Keynote Speaker

Director of the Institute for Fiscal Studies, the UK’s leading economic research institute

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Specialist Subjects

  • Economic Overview
  • Social Responsibility


  • English


Paul Johnson is Director of the Institute for Fiscal Studies, the UK’s leading economic research institute. He writes a weekly column for The Times and is an Honorary Professor at the UCL Policy Lab. In addition, Paul is a board member of the Climate Change Committee.

The IFS has won ‘Economic and Financial Think Tank of the Year’ four years in succession and hosts two major research centres combining its leading role in public policy with world leading academic economic research.

As well as working at the IFS, Paul Johnson has also worked at the FSA, was chief economist at the department for education, and director of public spending at HM Treasury as well as deputy head of the Government Economic Service.

Paul’s book Follow the Money: How Much Does Britain Cost? was published in early 2023, illustrating how well – or not – the government raises and spends £1 trillion every year. It has already been a Sunday Times top 10 bestseller and aims to hold the government to account. Robert Peston described it as ‘an important book by the economist who has set the terms of so much political debate over the past decade.’ “Gripping and horrifying…witty and brilliant. Buy it.’ The Times.

Paul Johnson is a frequent contributor to written and broadcast media and his radio recordings include the acclaimed ‘Austerity Audit’ for Radio 4. He has published extensively on the economics of public policy including tax, welfare, housing, pensions, education, climate change and public finances.

In 2018 Paul Johnson was awarded a CBE in the Queen’s birthday honours list for services to the social sciences and economics.

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