Working to make government more effective

Gemma Tetlow

Chief Economist

Gemma is Chief Economist. She leads the Institute’s work on public finances and contributes to economics-related work across the Institute. Gemma is a regular commentator on the radio and television – including BBC Radio 4, Times Radio, ITV News and Sky News – and in the print media. 

Gemma has a PhD in economics. She started her career as a research economist at the Institute for Fiscal Studies, eventually being promoted to lead its work on public finances and pensions. After that, she joined the Financial Times as economics correspondent, reporting on UK and global economic developments, before joining IfG in 2018. 

She also serves as an ONS Fellow, helping the UK’s national statistics authority to transform and improve its economic statistics, sits on the advisory board for the CAGE research centre at Warwick University and is a governor of the National Institute for Economic and Social Research (NIESR).


All work

29 FEB 2024 Analysis paper

Strengthening the UK’s fiscal framework

The UK’s fiscal framework, including a flawed set of rules, incentivises bad policy decisions shaped by short-termism and fictional spending plans.