Jonathan Portes

Jonathan Portes is director of the National Institute of Economic and Social Research and former chief economist at the Cabinet Office. His particular areas of interest include fiscal policy, labour markets and immigration.

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Places like Clacton have been left behind by economic growth

Would Ukip’s policies on immigration, tax and education work?

Areas where Ukip is doing well are often places that suffered most during the recession

If the social contract is to remain fair, the well-off elderly will need to make a bigger contribution

Most spending goes on old people, financed by the taxes of the middle-aged

For all the claims made about wealth taxes, it's not correct to say the rich are paying their fair share

To make arguments about the fairness, or otherwise, of the UK tax system purely on the basis of the burden of income tax is absurd. These pundits should know better

Jonathan Portes: The time a Tory Chancellor made the right call on the deficit

Two years ago, the coalition set out its programme for government. Today, the Prime Minister and Deputy Prime Minister reaffirm their commitment to the central element of that programme – cutting the deficit quickly.

Jonathan Portes: The pressure group playing fast and loose with evidence

Just yesterday, MigrationWatch published a report highlighting the "remarkable coincidence between the rise in youth unemployment and the huge surge in immigration from Eastern Europe over the last eight years".

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