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Professor of Economics and Director of the ESRC Research Centre on Micro-social Change, University of Essex

Mike Brewer is Professor of Economics at the University of Essex and Director of the ESRC Research Centre on Micro-social Change. He is also a research fellow at the Institute for Fiscal Studies.

Mike's 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. He has been a long-time proponent of a simpler and more integrated welfare system, and his work on an integrated benefit system has been acknowledged as having informed current government policy.


  • 2011–present
    Professor of Economics, Institute for Social and Economic Research, University of Essex
  • 2011–present
    Research Fellow, Institute for Fiscal Studies
  • 2011–2014
    Research Fellow, IZA
  • 2001–2011
    Programme Director, Direct Tax and Welfare sector from July 2004; Deputy Director from October 2010, Institute for Fiscal Studies