Fifth Centenary Lecture – Rob Joyce (OC, 2005), Associate Director at the Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS)

Cranbrook economists in Years 12 and 13 were treated to visit by former student Rob Joyce, Associate Director at the Institute for Fiscal Studies on Monday 8th January.  Rob spoke warmly of his time at Cranbrook explaining how this had prepared him for a glittering academic career including a 1st class degree from Oxford in Politics, Philosophy and Economics and Distinction for his Masters at UCL.  He also spoke of his work for the IFS and showed how a successful internship at the IFS before graduation had converted into a full time career and subsequent promotion.

Later in the evening an excellent audience consisting of students, parents, Governors and interested members of the public enjoyed a highly entertaining and informative talk on the topic of taxation.  Rob showed how the burden of taxation is distributed across society – not at all what one would expect.  Secondly, he showed how the bad name that some big corporate players have gained for themselves (Facebook!) is not necessarily justified.  Fascinating stuff – Rob is clearly a top economist with well-deserved media profile who, we are sure, will go onto even greater things.

For information we have a second Fifth Centenary anniversary lecture coming up on Monday 5th February. This will be the inaugural Piers Sellers Memorial Lecture, to be given by Josh Powell (OC, 2011) in the Queen’s Hall Theatre, 7.00 pm for a 7.30 pm start.  All are welcome – please look out for further information.