The Fiscal Crisis and Welfare Benefits in the UK:Big Cuts and Radical Reforms
Mike Brewer is Professor of Economics at the Institute of Social and Economic Research, University of Essex, and Research Fellow at the Institute for Fiscal Studies. His main research interests are in how welfare benefits, labour market programmes and the tax system affects decisions made by households. He has written widely about welfare reform, and especially the changes to social security benefits and tax credits proposed by the current UK government.
Mike has evaluated the impact of various welfare reforms on labour market outcomes. He has a broad interest in how government policy shapes family life, and has researched how welfare benefits affect fertility, how women’s labour market behaviour changes after they have children, and trends in childcare use. He has an interest in measuring poverty and living standards, and in understanding trends in income inequality in the UK. He has a long background in using microsimulation methods, and a newer interest in evaluation methods, which he will pursue through being Director of Programme Evaluation for Policy Analysis, a node of the ESRC-funded National Centre for Research Methods.
Before joining ISER, he was a Deputy Director and head of the Direct Tax and Welfare research team at the Institute for Fiscal Studies. He studied economics at the universities of Cambridge and Bristol, and also served briefly as an economist in the civil service.