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Panel Discussion: What should policy do about low earnings?

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This event will bring together an international field of experts and senior policy-makers to discuss the big challenges with respect to in-work poverty, and what we know – and need to know – about policy effectiveness. Major issues to be discussed will include the design of tax and social security policy, including the major experiment taking place in the UK through universal credit; skills and education policy; the role of labour market regulation such as the minimum wage; and how these interact with changes in the world of work caused by factors like technology and trade.

We will begin with refreshments and registration at 15:00 followed by short presentations at 15:30 setting out some of the key data, evidence and policy questions, before moving to Q&A.


  • Sir Richard Blundell, IFS/UCL
  • Tito Boeri, Bocconi and FRDB
  • Hilary Hoynes, UC Berkeley
  • Philippe Martin, Sciences Po and Chair, Council of Economic Analysis to the French Prime Minister
  • Lindsey Whyte, Director, Personal Tax, Welfare and Pensions, HM Treasury

Chair to be confirmed.