Prof James Banks

Professor of Economics

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James Banks is Professor of Economics at the University of Manchester and Deputy Research Director of the Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS). He received his BSc and MSc, both in Economics, from Bristol and the London School of Economics respectively, joining the IFS as a research economist on completing his MSc in 1990. At the IFS he subsequently completed a PhD in Economics at University College London, directed the research into consumption and savings (1992-1999) and served as Deputy Director of the Institute from 1997 to 2002. In 2002 he changed roles, becoming Deputy Research Director of IFS and joining the faculty at UCL where he was Professor of Economics. He moved to Manchester in 2010 and retains a half-time appointment at the IFS as Senior Research Fellow and Co-Director of the ESRC Centre for the Microeconomic Analysis of Public Policy.

Memberships of committees and professional bodies

  • Co-Principal Investigator, English Longitudinal Study of Ageing
  • Co-Director, ESRC Centre for the Microeconomic Analysis of Public Policy at IFS
  • Chair, Understanding Society Scientific Advisory Committee
  • Chair, Wellcome, ESRC, MRC and CRUK Expert Advisory Group on Data Access (EAGDA)
  • Trustee, The Nuffield Foundation
  • Programme Chair, Royal Economic Society Annual Conference 2015
  • Member, Council of the Royal Economic Society
  • Member, Lead Expert Group of Government Office for Science project on Analysing the Challenges and Opportunities of an Ageing Society
  • Member, Understanding Society Governing Board
  • Member, UK Government Pension Statistics Advisory Group
  • Member, International Scientfic Advisory Group, China Health and Longitudinal Aging Study
  • Member, International Scientfic Advisory Group, Longitudinal Aging Study of India
  • Member, International Scientfic Advisory Group, Brazilian Longitudinal Study of Ageing
  • Member, International Scientfic Advisory Group, The Irish Longitudinal Study on Ageing
  • Member, International Scientific Advisory Group, Japanese Survey of Aging and Retirement 

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