Working to make government more effective

Olly Bartrum

Senior Economist

Olly is a senior economist in the Institute’s public finances team. His current projects focus on the effectiveness of economic policymaking, the role of the Treasury, and energy policy & regulation.  

Before joining the Institute in 2022, Olly was an economist in the civil service. Most recently he led research projects on economic growth, productivity and investment for the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, having previously worked on forecasting and macroeconomic strategy at HM Treasury. He studied Political Economy and Behavioural and Experimental Economics at university.

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.

29 JAN 2024 Explainer

Spending reviews

What are spending reviews and how do they work?

19 JAN 2024 Report

Treasury ‘orthodoxy’

The Treasury wields too much influence across government and dominates strategic thinking at the centre.